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The Origins of the Phrase 'Black-on-Black Crime'

How the term got hijacked, politically loaded, and calcified into America’s racial consciousness.
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The phrase “black-on-black crime” gets tossed around so cavalierly these days that it can be hard to ascertain the intention behind it—no matter who says it.

When President Obama uses it, it may take on the tone of solidarity, especially when he’s speaking at a black church or HBCU. But thanks to social media, his voice carries. The words get copied and pasted into less-generous agendas, sans the care of the original context.