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03 December 2014

Black Pastor Jeered at Ebenezer Baptist Church for Condemning Black-on-Black Crime

In the days after the Ferguson grand jury decision not to indict police office Darren Wilson for the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani caused a firestorm with comments many considered to be politically incorrect.

"93% of blacks are killed by other blacks," Guiliani said on the Sunday morning public affairs program Meet the Press. What about the poor black child that is killed by another black child? Why aren't you protesting that?"

It's an uncomfortable subject in the black community, especially when it is far easier to blast whites for killing blacks, than it is to criticize blacks for killing blacks -- but the numbers do not lie.

A 2010 Bureau of Justice Statistics report concluded that, between 1980 and 2008, 93% of black murder victims were killed by someone with black skin.

There have been few protests, even fewer rallies and community meetings, and absolutely zero riots in reaction to this sobering statistic.

In fact, to publicly acknowledge that blacks are the cause of the most crime in black communities is to court an onslaught of criticism and insults.

The factual statement made by Rudy Guiliani about black-on-black crime earned him a new title -- racist.

Rev. Frank Cornelius Brown, president of the Concerned Black Clergy, stood in the pulpit of Atlanta's historic Ebenezer Baptist Church and echoed the comments of Guiliani.

“Not only should we be angry with what happened in Ferguson, we must be angry when we experience black-on-black crime,” he said, to swelling applause that was quickly replaced by a growing chorus of boos.

Torpy, Bill (3 December 2014). How to suck the air out of a civil rights rally
. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved on 3 December 2014.

Let that soak in for a second.

The President of the Concerned Black Clergy was jeered for telling the truth. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani was insulted for telling the truth.

It is unfortunate that both incidents occurred. But denying the truth does not make it any less true.

Black-on-black crime is an epidemic in the black community; and there should be outrage and protests and action to counter black people killing other blacks.