In a YouTube video released Monday, Texas-based independent musician Eric July said he has “other stuff to be worried about” when it comes to the Confederate battle flag debate–namely, “black folks shooting other black folks.”
July is the vocalist of BackWordz, a street hop/metal band with influences ranging from Nas to Korn to Blink 182. “I don’t care. I got other stuff to be worried about. Like all these black folks shooting other black folks in Chicago and Detroit over the weekend. I got stuff like that to be worried about,” opined July in the video. “I know your beloved Jon Stewart and you white liberals love to highlight the Confederate flag. I know that stuff is attractive. But I don’t care about that. I got other stuff to be worried about.”
You know stuff that happens more often like black folks shooting other black folks. So I’ll tell you what media, both left and right, let’s have 24 hour coverage over this epidemic of the number one killer of black men which is black homicide. Black on black homicide.
July contrasted this with the media’s ongoing coverage of alleged Charleston, S.C., shooter Dylann Roof, who was indicted on three more charges Tuesday. “Not this other stuff that happens literally almost 100 percent less of the time, like a racist fool going in and shooting up a bunch of black folks,” July added. “I know that’s attractive and it fits y’all’s narrative, but it don’t happen as often black folks shooting other black folks. Let’s talk about that.”
Data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released in December supports July’s statement. He issued a challenge to the media to cover black-on-black homicides on a regular basis:
I’m challenging you media. Let’s talk about that. Let’s highlight that. Let’s highlight the fact that we represent 12 and 13 percent of the population, but we represent half the homicides in this country. Let’s talk about that. Let’s talk about how considering those stats, no other race kills their own kind more than black folks. Let’s talk about that. Confederate flag.
h/t: Chicks On The Right
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