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America’s culture of violence

Melvin B. Miller

Racist propaganda asserts that Blacks are responsible for the violence in America, but the evidence refutes that. Indeed, some whites are undoubtedly fearful of violent retribution from Blacks because of slavery, segregation and racial discrimination. However, there has been no united vengeance attack by Blacks against whites.

In fact, the propagation of violence has been part of white culture. First there were wars with Native Americans as whites appropriated their lands. Then the imposition of slavery and the slave trade of Africans was by nature violent. Then some whites continued to suppress the rights of Blacks even after slavery was legally terminated.

Especially in metropolitan areas, police forces were enrolled to maintain public order. Over the years, the police became hyperaggressive against Blacks, but they also shot to death about twice as many whites, according to the records maintained by the Washington Post. The conduct of the police helped to develop a culture of violence in America that does not exist in other developed European nations.

The National Rifle Association and gun manufacturers have a financial interest in limiting U.S. anti-violence policy. The impact of those institutions must be mitigated. Blacks have limited power to make that happen.

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