The notion that we are indifferent to murders by other blacks is nonsense. But we also know that if Jamal or Willie kills somebody, and they're caught, they're going to jail. Cops are rarely held accountable for their slaughter of black people. Neither Jamal nor Willie pledged to protect and serve the community. Neither of them has been issued a badge and a gun to represent the state. The police have a higher standard to meet, a greater obligation to be cautious in using lethal force. Black folk do protest, to each other, to a world that largely refuses to listen, the killing of blacks by other blacks.
-- Michael Eric Dyson, Tears We Cannot Stop, p. 147