Armstrong Williams

According to the federal Center for Disease Control, white males are 4 times more likely than their black male classmates to be a regular cocaine user. White high school seniors are three times more likely to have used heroin, three times more likely to have smoked pot in the past years, seven times more likely to have used cocaine, and nine times more likely to have used LSD. The recent meth drugs cannot be found in the nation's urban centers but its suburbs. The story is the same with illegal use of prescription drugs. According to the Justice Department, drug users tend to buy from same-race dealers, meaning most white users buy from white dealers. That's right, white dealers. Ask yourself how many times you have turned on the evening news and saw a story on white drug dealers and users? Now think back to that occasion when you did see such a story and think about the adjectives used to describe the offenders. Were the same adjectives used to describe black drug offenders? Of course not! Whites caught engaging in illegal activity are often described as being "confused" and "misguided", as if such behavior was unexpected because of the hue of their skin. Blacks accused of the same crime are described as "hardened criminals", "hoodlums" and "gangsters".

After hearing a story about white teens selling drugs to children, the media's bias give many the impression that the teens simply fell off the beaten path and deserve a second chance at life. However, upon hearing a news story concerning the "hardened black gangsters" the same audience will be ready to lock the offenders up and throw away the key.

The "down low brothers" has been a major topic of discussion lately. Instead of framing this behavior as a problem within American society, the media focuses on the race of these individuals. However, when the media uncovers the hidden world of pedophiles on shows such as Dateline NBC's "To Catch a Predator", they never speak in terms of race, although more than ninety percent of the offenders are white males. Likewise, when a black student kills another black student its described as a black on black crime but such racial terminology is never used when a white students shoots ten of his white classmates.

The media's double standard further feeds Blacks feeling inferior and Whites feeling superior. If not addressed soon, such complexes could tear this nation apart at the seams. It’s time for us to focus on the behavior of our fellow citizens and not their race.


Armstrong Williams

Armstrong Williams is a widely-syndicated columnist, CEO of the Graham Williams Group, and hosts the Armstrong Williams Show. He is the author of Reawakening Virtues.
 
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