"Thank you sunnubian for that through beat down."
Sorry that it came off that way. I just don't believe racism deserves an 'out', especially by way of 'deflection', which is often the case in America.
However, in the historical context or point of view the subject of terrorism in the black community is similar in many ways to the discussion of slavery.
It is exactly like Slavery with the only difference being the traps used to ensnare the Africans in the first place. During the Trans-Atlantic slave trade it would have been literally the same traps setup to capture animals and cowardice ambush and superior weapons; today it drugs, guns and America's racist propaganda machine.
For example, at best it is difficult to discuss the subject of slavery and ignore or omit the role of religion and the absolute fact that it was the West Africans whom for centuries sold off millions of Africans in the first place.
It is also difficult to discuss the subject of slavery and ignore or omit the absolute fact that nearly the entire coast of Africa had been invaded and occupied and under the control of Europeans when more than a few or even a few dozen or even a few hundred Africans were sold into slavery by other Africans. So, any way you look at it, if it's looked at truthfully, Europeans were responsible for the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and 99.9% of the Africans enslaved being taken in the first place.
When the subject of “black terrorism” arises, for me the subject carries the same characteristics as the subject of slavery.
As horrible as the drug dealing gangs are in African America, it is not the same. Innocent bystanders notwithstanding, 99.9% of the violence committed by drug dealers and gang members alike is personal; as violent and still as unconscionable as it may be, they usually know their victim and have some type of "beef" with that person. Black gang members and even drug dealers are not invading Black communities, kidnapping Black people and holding them hostage under the threat of brutalization or death.
Nevertheless, here in 2014 terrorism in the black community is without question a concept. That is to say, the terrorism you pointed out in the article and the terrorism I talked about committed by black gangs in their own communities are both concepts deserving equal attention and importance.
They are both concepts or behaviors that of equal importance and deserve equal attention, but they cannot be meshed together as being exactly the same when there are significant differences in their causes and root.
Today, given all the statistics and data related to African American homicide and murder committed by blacks in their own communities, - one must question or at least contemplate which form of terror is of the greater concern to ordinary black folk in the black community.
That's easy, there's not much to contemplate. Most African Americans in this country still have more to fear from America's police, discriminatory (IN)Justice System and racist vigilantes because, while the havoc gangs are reeking on some African American communities is horrible, Black families could just pick up and move or young Black males could choose not to join gangs or sell drugs or fight or shoot or kill each other over disagreements, unpaid debts or weak power trips. However, Black people cannot cease to be Black when a racist cop is "Stopping and Frisking" black people/a young Black male, or racially profiling Black people or when most of all of the people sitting on a jury is racist or when a prosecutor or a judge in America's courtrooms is racist, or when some deranged racist is out "coon hunting" because he knows he can cower down behind lies of "self-defense". Neither can our children cease to be Black when their adolescent behavior is being criminalized in America's public school systems or when public school officials have extorted consent to have them medicated from their parents.
Additionally, I would venture to say that if you asked the ordinary working class black person who lives in the hoods of South side Chicago, South Central Los Angles or the Overton section of Miami Florida, all places where murder and homicide perpetrated by black drug dealing gangs happens routinely, - what concerns them more, police torture of black suspects or young gun toting gangs killing people randomly.
I would venture to say that both are of equal concerns to people living in those conditions, primarily because of the fact that it is often the people living in the most vulnerable conditions in America that are preyed upon by both criminals and police alike.
I would bet my left arm they would answer the latter.
I don't think I would make that bet.
So for me torture and terrorism as for as black folk are concerned is a two-sided coin to include white police torture and terrorism as well as black terrorism millions of black face daily in their lives.
I see them as two different coins because millions of Black people in America are not going through any terrorism by other Black people, or even from Black gangs, criminals and drug dealers, but any one of millions of Black people in America, you, me a family member, etc., could be wrongly accused of committing a crime at the drop of a hat, or are living under police surveillance or harassment or could at any given time be brutalized or murdered by a racist cop with impunity.
So in like manner as the subject of slavery, I find it difficult to talk about one without acknowledging the reality of the other. And I reiterate, I don’t mind torture for those who murder innocent black citizens. I don’t mind torture for those who randomly kill in the name of protecting their so-call hood and their drug trade. I see these murderous terrorizing black gangs no different than the Jihadist who do murder in the name of Allah!
I don't believe in torture, but I do believe that more could be and should be done to eliminate gangs and drug dealers from African America, but it is my opinion that it should start with stopping the flow of drugs and guns being funneled directly into the Black community in the first place. And if Black gangs and drug dealers are no different than the Jihadists that murder in the name of Allah, then our own government and politicians are also no different than the Jaihadists that murder in the name of Allah, since it was our own government that funneled drugs into the Black community to begin with, and our own politicians that created and enacted all the loopholes in our gun laws that allow guns to be legally funneled into the Black community directly into the hands of immature black youth and teenagers in the first place.