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“Black on black” crime has made it easy for some mainstream media organizations, many Fox News-loving Republicans and sometimes even members of law enforcement, to look at it as a “them” problem.

As long as “they” are killing “themselves”,  it’s something Black America needs to figure out.

As gang violence continues to escalate in many of our major cities, some people are made to feel like prisoners in their own neighborhoods and communities.

Let’s be honest, no matter where we live, most of us will gladly patronize businesses in the ‘hood to get haircuts, soul food and, um, independently duplicated (bootlegged) videos.  But we also have no problems going miles outside of our communities, if not to live, but to shop at a nicer mall or to watch movies where we’re least likely to get the same kind of ambience (talking) we might get at “our” theaters.

But lately we’re seeing a frightening shift that may cause us to reassess where we go, what we do and even what we say.

More and more, we’re seeing angry, (mostly) white men use the “Stand Your Ground” law as an excuse to shoot people they feel “threatened” by.

Even though people tried their best to make us believe electing President Obama would be the end of racism in this country, it may have had the opposite effect.

Electing a black man president caused some to realize their biggest fears.  Add to that the president’s support for gun control and more radicals than ever are arming themselves with weapons and they’re ready and willing to use them.

The number of guns confiscated by TSA from January 1st to  December 16th, 2013 jumped 20 percent.

Almost every day there’s a bizarre story proving that people’s fuses are getting shorter, and I’m telling anyone who will listen that this isn’t the time to demonstrate your toughness.

George Zimmerman‘s acquittal has set a scary precedent in this country where people can use fear and their own anger as a defense for killing another person.

Don’t Let Stand Your Ground Kill You  was originally published on

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