Why African-Americans Need to Confront Crime and Violence in Their Communities

Why African-Americans Need to Confront Crime and Violence in Their Communities

Over the long Fourth of July weekend, 82 people were shot in Chicago, and 16 of those were fatal. The year before, 55 people were injured in shootings during the Fourth of July holiday, and 11 people were killed.

According to The Chicago Tribune, many of the shootings were on the South Side. The victims were nearly all black or Hispanic men. Nationwide, the Chicago Sun Times reported, black people are much more likely to be killed by gunfire than whites. The Justice Department has reported that in 2010, the rate of firearm homicides for blacks was 14.6 per 100,000 people, and the rate for Hispanics was about 4 per 100,000.By comparison, the rate for whites was 1.9 per 100,000.In most cases, the perpetrators as well as the victims were African-Americans.

Each year, roughly 7,000 blacks are murdered; 94 per cent 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 .The 94 per cent figure suggests that 262,621 were murdered by other blacks.

Though blacks are 13 per cent of the national population, they account for more than 50 per cent of homicide victims. Nationally, the black homicide victimization rate is six times that of whites, and in some cities it is 32 times that of whites. Blacks are also disproportionately victimized by violent personal crimes, such as assault and robbery.

Economist Walter Williams points out that, “The magnitude of this tragic mayhem can be viewed in another light. According to a Tuskegee Institute study, between the years 1882 and 1998, 3,446 blacks were lynched at the hands of whites. Black fatalities during the Korean War (3,075), Vietnam War (7,243) and all the wars since 1980 (8,107) came to 18,425, a number that pales in comparison with black loss of life at home.

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Source: Communities Digital News | 

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