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Bringing Up ‘Black on Black Crime’ Is Racist

This tired idea makes the wrongful connection between Blackness and criminality

Close-up portrait of a young Black man against a black background.
Photo: Tacy Pierre-Louis/EyeEm/Getty Images

Whenever protests and riots spark from police killings of unarmed Black men, women, and children, the same discourse surfaces. Again again, we hear the rebuttal against the movement for Black lives: “Black on Black crime.”

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Joshua Adams

Joshua Adams

Joshua Adams is a journalist from Chicago. UVA & USC. Taught media and communication at DePaul & Salem State. Twitter: @ProfJoshuaA