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A challenge to those who blame blacks

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In this video, I discuss the many commenters to my prior post who are quick to mention the fact (as if it’s a revelation) that black people kill more black people in our neighborhoods than any other group. They say it as if we have no right to speak on the Trayvon Martin killing. My challenge to those of you who feel this way is to see this as an American problem, not just a black one. We need more action and not armchair critics. The future of the entire country is at stake.

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Omekongo Dibinga

Omékongo’s life mission is to inspire all across the globe to take a stand when they witness an injustice, no matter how small or large. Omékongo is a motivational speaker, trilingual poet, CNN contributor, TV talk show host, and rapper. His Urban Music Award winning work is described by Nikki Giovanni as “outstanding, exciting, and new while being very old.” His book, From the Limbs of My Poetree was described by Essence Magazine as “a remarkable and insightful collection of exquisite poetry that touches sacred places within your spirit.” He was one of 5 recipients out of 750,000 to win the first “CNN iReport Spirit Award.” Omékongo’s work has appeared alongside artists such as Sheryl Crow, Angelina Jolie, Norah Jones, Damien Rice, Angelique Kidjo, Don Cheadle, and Mos Def. He has shared the stage with Wyclef Jean and OutKast. Internationally, he has shared his work in 19 countries on 3 continents. He is the host of the talk show “Real Talk”, which deals with youth issues. His work has been featured on Oprah’s Angel Network as well as on TV and radio from CNN to the BBC in over 150 countries. Omékongo has studied at Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Georgetown, Morehouse, and The Fletcher School. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in International Education. His company, UPstander International, has produced 7-fusion music and motivational CDs, 6 books, and one DVD. His most recent book “The UPstander’s Guide to an Outstanding Life” is a life-balance book for high school and college activists.

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  1. Although I feel you meant well, your challenge left me empty, had no real substance, and frankly it was confusing!

    What does commenting on the unfortunate Treyvon Martin murder have to do with blacks killing blacks in our neighborhoods/communities?

    Who says we have no right to speak on his murder?

    Some of the writers of articles need to take basic (communtiy college) writing classes so you can communicate your thoughts more clearly.

    Again, I appreciate what I think the author may be trying to say, but this is flat, uninformative, and goes no place!

  2. @blackbeauty go to the hyperlink and watch my video I put on CNN.com. Read the comments below in that video and you will see why I posted this latest report. In those comments, you’ll see person after person blame black people and even cite FBI statistics about why we should be more afraid of our own people. Hopefully after you see what I am referring to my post won’t be as confusing. Thanks for your comment.

  3. 1,400 black babies are killed everyday in abortion clinics, and nobody says anything about it.

    We are up in arms over the killings and shootings that plague us, especially when the weather gets hotter, yet these are a minor drop in the bucket when you compare the 2.

    I say that these are linked: to care for the lives lost of those born vs. those unborn is just a case of timing. We all were fetuses once-if your mother was about to abort you, how would you feel about it?

    Very upset, I reckon.

    To those who say that these can’t be compared, let’s put together the numbers: since Roe vs. Wade was passed nearly 40 years ago, there have been millions of black babies aborted.

    I’m not singling out women: men accept this as an easy escape from raising an unwanted child. “No more child support payments. Whooo!”

    Add this to the number of black children who live in homes without a father, the number of single black women who have no man at all-and would love to have one, then you have the makings of the beginning of a genocide right before our eyes.

  4. CONCERNING BLACK BABIES BEING ABORTED IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY IS A VERY SAD SITUATION. WE NEED THOSE BLACK BABIES TO HELP US TO CARRY OUT THIS FIGHT. I ONLY WISH THE MOTHERS LIVING SITUATIONS WILL IMPROVE AND THEY WILL TRY TO KEEP THEIR OFFSPRING.

  5. I’ll be very honest, I’m not as familiar with cases of black abortions as I should be. I need to learn more. Thanks for bringing this up.

  6. MAR 20 2012

    For to long Blacks have depended on government support with “OUR” PRoblems. No one can fix them but us and it starts in the home and neighborhoods.
    THERE is nothing wrong with an abortion if one doesn’t repeatly do it. WHY females don’t insist on using condomes. Condomes or no sex!
    I’d rather see myself or another female have an abortion IF I financally can’t take care of a child, NO support from the father, NO HS certificate, NO degree, NO job, or emotionally I couldn’t handle a child.
    An Abortion is a personal thing I can’t know a persons situation
    or whats going on in their minds. When it comes to an Abortion I don’t judge.

  7. B, if this is how you feel, then you’re in the majority.

    Too many of us feel this way. This is why we see our
    lives as cheap, and also why others see it as cheap as
    well.

    Our future is at stake. Please understand that we’re at
    a crossroads: tons of black men, women, children are
    murdered daily. We’re simply finding more and more accommodating reasons to justify these murders.

    We accept doctors killing our babies; we accept black
    thugs killing our sons, daughters, husbands, wives, we
    accept black-on-black crime-simply by our ability to justify
    and/or explain it away without forcing change.

    Real and lasting change that supports us as a people, period.

    “There’s nothing wrong with that because…”,we say.

    This young man is killed by a white/hispanic white, whatever
    and we’re looking at the racism more than the actual murder.
    Whenever this happens, this is the case…

    We’re ready to march and riot whenever someone else kills
    our beloved, yet we accept the other forms of murder.

    Crazy. It’s a state of accommodation we’re in.

    Watch the film ‘Maat 21″. Discover that our genocide is in full
    effect, with us acting as full accomplices in it. Will we be here 100
    years from now, or will we be subjects of an exhibit in a natural history museum?…

  8. Omekongo, ,many of us are so upset by the number of deaths
    of black folks who have been born that we rarely stop to reflect
    on how many of our unborn are killed.

    Since 1973, when Roe vs. Wade-the official legalization of abortion was passed, there have been:
    200,000+ black deaths due to AIDs;
    300,000 black deaths due to violent crimes;
    350,000+ black deaths due to accidents;
    1.6 million+ black deaths due to cancer;
    2.2 million+ black deaths due to heart disease;
    13 million+ black deaths due to abortion.

    Most of these can be avoided, controlled/curtailed if
    we get to work. We don’t have much time….

    Thanks for your great works, sir. Keep doing what you do.

  9. I see nothing with black on black killing. The more blacks that are killed is that many less that we the working taxpayer has to support with welfare and foodstamps.

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