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White People Commit the Most Heinous Crimes, So Why Is America Terrified of Black Men?


Contrary to this article’s title, I actually don’t believe that white people commit the most heinous crimes.

I think PEOPLE commit the most heinous crimes.

Where the problem lies, for me, is in the fact that when white people commit heinous crimes, society endeavors to:

1. make the crimes seem exceptional and not pathological

2. minimize the crime, particularly in comparison to crimes committed by people of color

3. make the criminals seem sympathetic and deserving of second and third chances

4. make the criminals not accountable for their actions by misusing disabilities or by blaming some aspect of black culture for negatively influencing white people

5. show white criminals exceptional leniency in all aspects of the criminal justice apparatus (especially if their victims were people of color or some other marginalized identity), going as far as inventing philosophical strategies like “Affluenza,” “A Black Man Did It!” and victim-blaming to excuse heinous crimes and avoid justice

6. treat white ex-convicts more humanely than ex-convicts of color and, in same cases, more humanely than people of color without criminal records

7. invent terms like “black-on-black crime” to make crime seem like a specifically black occurrence; that crime, itself, is a product of Blackness

8. purposely neglect to note that white-on-white crime is an actual thing (87% of all crimes committed against white people are committed *by* white people)

Additionally, white people make the laws and get to decide what heinous crimes actually are, including ensuring that “white collar crimes” are regarded as “nonviolent” despite the enormous amount of violence these criminals actually inflict on their victims.

I guess what I’m saying is that my issue is with the historical and contemporary practice of negatively pathologizing people of color and exalting and maintaining White innocence—which might be the point the article is making as well, but I just wanted to be clear.






Omar Khadr, a sixteen year old Guantanamo Bay detainee weeps uncontrollably, clutching at his face and hair as he calls out for his mother to save him from his torment. “Ya Ummi, Ya Ummi (Oh Mother, Oh Mother),” he wails repeatedly, hauntingly with each breath he takes.

The surveillance tapes, released by Khadr’s defence, show him left alone in an interrogation room for a “break” after he tried complaining to CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) officers about his poor health due to insufficient medical attention. Ignoring his complaints and trying to get him to make false confessions, the officers get frustrated with the sixteen year old’s tears and tell him to get himself together by the time they come back from their break.

“You don’t care about me. Nobody cares about me,” he sobs to them.

The tapes show how the officers manipulated Khadr into thinking that they were helping him because they were also Canadian and how they taunted him with the prospect of home (Canada), (good) food, and familial reunion.

Khadr, a Canadian, was taken into US custody at the age of fifteen, tortured and refused medical attention because he wouldn’t attest to being a member of Al Qaeda, even though he was shot three times in the chest and had shrapnel embedded in his eyes and right shoulder. As a result, Khadr’s left eye is now permanently blind, the vision in his right eye is deteriorating, he develops severe pain in his right shoulder when the temperature drops, and he suffers from extreme nightmares.

He has been incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay since 2002, suffering extremely harsh interrogations and torture (methods), and is now 25 years old.

27 now, and still imprisoned

i’m in complete shock. i’m so nauseous right now. how is this possible? i don’t know what to do w/ this information. i share it because i can’t imagine that anyone else knows about this. the boy has been incarcerated, tortured, and basically maimed allll w/out a trial. my heart hurts :/


Omar is no longer in Guantanamo. Left without options, he pled guilty to war crimes so that he’d be given an eight year sentence and be able to transfer to a prison in Canada. He remains in prison there. His story is absolutely heartbreaking. This was a 15 year old boy who has been described as crying out for his mother, who slept holding a Mickey Mouse book one of his captors gave him. A teenager taken from his family, tortured, humiliated, threatened with rape, and falsely imprisoned for 12 years now. You can help Omar by writing to him, donating for his defense, and signing petitions for him. Please visit to learn more.

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