Imagine walking down a street in Chicago and seeing an African American man dressed in a Ku Klux Klan uniform. Sound crazy and contradictory, right? This is the fate of many people in Chicago walking past 13th and Filbert Street in February. Just from hearing about an African American man in a KKK uniform, you would think that he is absent-minded and blinded by white supremacy. However, this is not the case. By dressing in a Ku Klux Klan uniform, this man was advocating against black on black crimes.
The idea of dressing in a KKK uniform to symbolize black on black crimes sounds ludicrous. If you think about it, this idea makes sense. During Reconstruction, the Ku Klux Klan was a group of white men terrorizing, lynching, and killing African Americans to maintain control through fear. In a way, African Americans have taken over the role of the KKK by attempting to demonstrate masculinity by engaging in black on black crimes. According to the FBI in 2011, 7,000 African Americans were killed in black on black crimes. This is double the amount of African Americans killed by the KKK in 86 years.
When asked about why he was portraying this message to the African American community, Sixx King stated, “We are bringing awareness to the black hypocrisy, complacency and apathy in the African-American community.” King was not attempting to offend anyone. His main goal was to bring light to a serious matter. African Americans have transitioned from being killed by whites to killing each other.
I found King’s point of view interesting. Society portrays African Americans as violent human beings killing each other. In a way, African Americans are living up to this stereotype. What is the problem here? Is it a societal issue or an issue that African Americans have to resolve themselves? It is hard to say. A solution to this issue is necessary though.
King’s method of shedding light to this issue was successful in causing people to think about black on black crime. I can honestly say that I never thought about this issue in depth until reading this article. In the past, the Ku Klux Klan was feared by African Americans. Today, African Americans fear each other due to the mass amount of crime against each other. What is your reaction to this article? Do you think that black on black crime is an issue that should be discussed more in society? How can it possibly be solved?