The group 24/7 Wall St took a look at the Annual Hate Group Census data provided by the SPLC. Based on that data they deduced the following salient point: Black people are the most hated group of people in the country. In fact, based on the analysis, it appears Black people are hated on more than all other groups are hated on combined.
This particular analysis from 24/7 Wall St matches stats compiled from nearly 12,000 law enforcement organizations across the country by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). According to the FBI, in 2015 just over 52% of all hate crimes in the country were committed against Black people based on the offender having an anti-Black/ anti-African American bias. It is important to understand the historical context of the stats provided by the FBI because we all know the "bureau" has not been a friend to the Black community or our leaders, or have we forgotten about the COINTEL PRO programs? We would hope not.
Saying the Black community is the most hated group of people in the country may come as a shocking surprise to those among us who are following current news about the vandalizing of Jewish cemeteries, attacks against Muslims, and deportations of alleged illegal immigrants, but the facts are the facts. Unless they subscribe to the theory of "alternative facts" there's not much a naysayer can say or do about real facts. They are what we thought they were. That the analysis of the hate group census data supports and validates the claims of this country's most vulnerable population is of no surprise to the Black community.
Through the works of advocates like Ivan Van Sertima, Frances Cress Welsing, Michelle Alexander, Michael Eric Dyson, Marc Lamont Hill, and the DMV's (DC, MD, and VA) very own esteemed local champion and historian Brother CR Gibbs, just to name a few, we have been documenting the hate being levied against us for as long as we can remember. The beauty in the work of some of the aforementioned scholars, and their advocate colleagues, is that the depth of the hate has been made ever clearer through the use of scientific research methodologies.
With the arrest rate being so high for White people, yet their incarceration rate is so much lower than that for Black people, do we really have to wonder why we can't turn on a television or open a newspaper without seeing a Black face associated with some crime? No we don't. It's simple and summed up in two words...racism and hate. We know what it is. We see it everyday in our everyday lives, both professional and personal.
Nonetheless, it is re-assuring when we know that while the Black community may be suffering from collective episodes of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, some instances seemingly being worse than others, some of us are still cognizant enough to know that the hate we are experiencing is not figments of our imaginations. We know it is not us being or wanting to be stuck in a perpetual state of victim hood. Let's face it, we know the hate being exacted upon us is real, and isn't past time we work together to bring it to an end?
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