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ONE VOICE: Appeal to the brethren

African-American freedom and conquest in the 21st century begin with a heart-talk between the brethren to clean up our house AT THE END OF THE DAY, MURDER IS MURDER! God will judge it as such and

African-American freedom and conquest in the 21st century begin with a heart-talk between the brethren to clean up our house

AT THE END OF THE DAY, MURDER IS MURDER! God will judge it as such and render judgment based on his oracles and not what a specific ethnic group, educational system, job market, or institutional racism did to cause it. Black brethren displacing the blame for “Black-on-Black” murder who are very sensitive to this reality have never had one of their loved ones wantonly murdered by a Black street gangster or drug dealer and probably don’t live anywhere near ground zero of urban crime. Blacks killing Blacks is a “Black” problem — period! Brethren, we must sit amongst ourselves and address this.
 
When I see homicide numbers like 6,000-plus murders of Black Americans slain by other Black Americans in 2011, alone, according to a national think tank on U.S. violence, I don’t want to hear the inane argument by another African-American, “Well, Whites kill themselves, too!”
 
TO HELL WITH THAT! Why Black people tend to judge what we do — good or bad — based on White validation is infuriating! For once can’t we view our successes and/or failures in the right context — our own! Self-annihilation is fratricide! You can’t slice it and dice it, view it any other way. Responsibility for it belongs to us. The answer to it is our challenge!
 
Hypothetically speaking in the purest sense, if it were possible that one day another civilization were to visit Urbia in a “dead Earth,” they might make the following observation after studying our dead bones:
 
“These sable ones are most curious. With the gifts they possessed, why did they kill themselves? Why did they commit fratricide? They were the same beings.”

Jarrette Fellows, Jr. is Publisher and Editor of Compton Herald. He attended junior and senior high school in Compton, and is an alumnus of California State University, Los Angeles.

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