The events of the last week in Boston detailed a violence and mayhem that invoked an ire; inspiring the vigor to bring those responsible to justice: that happened. Yet, the initial description included dark-skinned and Black Male. Many were willing to believe the truth in that (remember Lacy Peterson’s husband saying a Black man did it and every Black man in breathing space in Boston was picked up). He was able to do that because it would be readily believed and pursued. Many White women who had consensual sex with Black men would use this same defense as to not bring shame to their families; once caught. As the term “Black Male” is disproportionately associated with dysfunctional, criminal and negative behavior. Thus, it was easy for the majority of Americans to see this as business as usual. Only, this wasn’t the case; the skin color of these criminals was White leaving many perplexed and wondering: Do we really have a problem associating Whites as suspect in anything of such criminal magnitude? No, we don’t. We’ve seen this before: Timothy McVeigh, Columbine, Charles Manson. So what’s the shock. Simple, we learned in one week what has been screamed from the rooftops since the inception of this country: Racism is alive and well and the determinant of how crime and criminology will be meted out: guilty or not.
Maybe it’s part of the reason matters were handled so expeditiously; to show that we are equally vigilant in pursuing criminals be they White or Black.
Truth is, Boston’s racial history has been riddled with consistencies; one being violent crime occurs in Black only – and even this is an exception to that rule.