Mount Holyoke students say ‘black on black’ crime doesn’t exist

  • In response to the non-indictment of Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo., students have erected a bulletin board claiming “black on black” crime is a myth.
  • The board has been placed in one of Mount Holyoke College’s larger dorms.

Black on black crime doesn’t exist, according to a bulletin board at Mount Holyoke College.

“Myth: Black on Black crime exists,” reads the board posted in one of MHC’s residential dorms. “Reality: There is no such thing as ‘Black on Black’ crime.”

The post states that the “reality” of the situation is that there is no such thing as “black on black” crime, and uses several quotes from a Daily Beast article by Jamelle Bouie to prove its point. The bulletin appeared this week in Mount Holyoke’s Rockefeller Hall.

“Not only do black men have to live lives aware of that fear, but they have to be conscious of the fact that—in the wrong situation, at the wrong time, with the wrong person—it could get them killed,” Bouie said in a separate editorial in the American Prospect. “And that’s what’s been stolen: The right to walk freely as an individual, and not as the member of a suspect class.”

The bulletin board attempts to dispel the “myth” of black on black crime by equating it with “white on white” crime statistics.

The board also claims that black on black crime is not “uniquely bad” and violent crime is not on the rise. The bulletin board also said that it’s a myth that “crime is prevalent within the black community.”


The posting comes in response to the grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Last week, Mount Holyoke students held a Hands Up Walkout protest that led to students blocking a road near campus for several minutes.

All students are able to request the use of the bulletin board.

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Editor’s note: Posted on the bottom of the bulletin board was a reminder of the school’s honor code. The posting was a copy of an email sent to the MHC student body after a Campus Reform correspondent was harassed on campus.

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