White People Break the Law, Too

As television commentators pontificate on why young black people break the law, Cord Jefferson argues in a piece for Gawker that white crime is a problem, too. 

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As cable-news pundits make the rounds discussing black-on-black violence, in a piece for Gawker, Cord Jefferson argues that white-on-white crime is a problem, too, and points out that crimes committed by whites . Accompanying Jefferson's article is a video of white surfers rioting in Huntington Beach, Calif.

Many people don't want to hear this kind of tough love, of course. They'd like to bury their heads in the sand and pretend that all white children are as sweet and harmless as Taylor Swift. But the reality is that the statistics tell a different story. For instance, according to research from the Department of Justice, 84 percent of white murder victims are killed by other white people [PDF]. Similarly, white rape victims tend to be raped by other whites [PDF]. White-on-white violence is a menace to white communities across the country, and yet you never hear white leaders like Pastor Joel Osteen, Bill O'Reilly, or Hillary Clinton take a firm stance against the scourge.

More important than white politicians are the white parents. I'd like to ask the caregivers of the children in these videos what they've been doing. When did so many white parents fall asleep at the wheel? You can complain about poor schools all you'd like, but the fact of the matter is that it's the parents of these children who are letting them leave the house looking like slobs in their baggy board shorts and Hollister t-shirts. It's the parents of these kids who are letting them listen to violent, self-destructive trash like "Anarchy in the UK" or "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue" -- performed loudly by noted conservative rocker Johnny Ramone.

Read Cord Jefferson's entire piece at Gawker.

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