Last week, 60 Minutes covered this perverse culture of "Don't Snitch". This 'culture' in effect prevents the police from catching criminals, simply because there are no witnesses to any crimes, that is if anyone even bothers to report a crime. The problem is so great that in some places nine out of ten murders are going unsolved as witnesses and others who might have information about crimes refuse to come forward.
"Anybody who comes forward and talks to the police about something they witnessed, a murder or a crime, are they a snitch?" Cooper asks.
"Yes… It's a crime, remember, in our community, to snitch," says Tess. - 60 Minutes (Click the link to read the whole story on Don't Snitch.)
Now I wonder, is high crime the only result of this new development in Black Culture? Maybe 'don't snitch' is also one reason why Washington, DC has such a high AIDS infection rate? Any person would be hesitant to tell others that they have AIDS. That would be all the more likely in a culture of don't tell.
How bad is the AIDS epidemic in Washington DC?
Highest in the country. Well that still can't be so bad, right?
Dr. Marsha Martin of the Washington, D.C. HIV/AIDS Administration said the city began a universal testing policy last June that has already paid off.
"We have the highest AIDS rate in the country -- 179 per 100,000 (population)" she said.
"Since June we have screened more than 16,000 individuals," Martin added. Of these, 580 have been positive, giving an infection rate of 3.5 percent -- far above the estimated U.S. national rate of between 0.8 percent and 1.2 percent. - Reuters
We really need to get people thinking about HIV more," he said. "People don’t really think about it all that much. If Washington, D.C., were its own country, it would have the third-highest rate of HIV in the world, but you never hear about that." - Bangor Daily News
1 in 20 is 5%. To put things in perspective, the HIV prevalence rate for all of Sub-Saharan Africa is 7.4%. Miami, Florida's hardest-hit city, has a rate of around 1%. - AIDS Combat Zone
Then there is the problem of unwed/single mothers. Don't snitch fits nicely here. Really, if you are going to give murders, drug dealers and robbers a free pass, why pick on men for getting women pregnant and then ditching them with their child.
Now all these issues can be examined in all sorts of ways. So how about investigating how the community itself might be responsible for its problems and social issues. Then perhaps the problems can be tackled. But for that to happen, people are going to have to look to school to get their education instead of a rap song.
People in Maine with HIV face medical, social challenges - Bangor Daily News
Universal U.S. AIDS tests will pay off, experts say - Reuters
DC: 1 in 20 residents may be HIV positive. - AIDS Combat Zone
Stop Snitchin' - CBS 60 Minutes