The Black Community's Dichotomy on Gun Violence

In response to Hip-Hop Artist to L.A. Shooting Suspect: ‘This Was A Necessary Evil…God Bless You Sir’:

I could spend hours writing this and get no closer to explaining it. There are those who circle the wagons around being black first, foremost, only … you get the idea. Add to this a disaffected segment of our population. 

It is not victimology, it is sheer stupidity and those who do this it seems rational. This should scare rational people.

Should Black People Tolerate This? by Walter Williams 

Each year, roughly 7,000 blacks are murdered. Ninety-four percent of the time, the murderer is another black person. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, between 1976 and 2011, there were 279,384 black murder victims. Using the 94 percent figure means that 262,621 were murdered by other blacks. Though blacks are 13 percent of the nation’s population, they account for more than 50 percent of homicide victims. Nationally, black homicide victimization rate is six times that of whites, and in some cities, it’s 22 times that of whites. Coupled with being most of the nation’s homicide victims, blacks are most of the victims of violent personal crimes, such as assault and robbery.

The magnitude of this tragic mayhem can be viewed in another light. According to a Tuskegee Institute study, between the years 1882 and 1968, 3,446 blacks were lynched at the hands of whites. Black fatalities during the Korean War (3,075), Vietnam War (7,243) and all wars since 1980 (8,197) come to 18,515, a number that pales in comparison with black loss of life at home. It’s a tragic commentary to be able to say that young black males have a greater chance of reaching maturity on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan than on the streets of Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, Oakland, Newark and other cities.

SMH

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