Gun Violence Within The Black Community And Why No Outrage

Chicago Gun Violence Produce 500 Homicides in 2012

Gun violence is nothing out of the ordinary to Detroit’s wearied residents, as raging crime rates threaten the troubled city’s long-term future.It’s been named America’s most dangerous city four years running by Forbes Magazine, recording 375 homicides so far this year
source:Huffington Post

In 2012, 427 people were shot in New Orleans – the exact same number as in 2011

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So, why no hue and cry? Why no public outrage from the so-called ‘leaders’ in the Black community? Where is the NAACP? Why aren’t they marching to the beat of the ‘guns in our communities’ drum instead of hosting Image Awards Ceremonies? Why did it take the Newtown shooting to get the president to state that:

As a country, we have been through this too many times. Whether it’s an elementary school in Newtown, or a shopping mall in Oregon, or a temple in Wisconsin, or a movie theater in Aurora, or a street corner in Chicago — these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods, and these children are our children. And we’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.

Even in the above excerpt, Chicago gets a footnote. Why? What is behind the almost ‘crickets chirping quiet’ when the question is put forth,”why no hue and cry over the outrageous statistics of gun violence in Black communities all across this country?” Are these communities a lost cause? Why haven’t the many ‘religious’ organizations come forward to take a united stance to brainstorm and come up with solutions? Is there no solution? What is aiding and abetting the continued outrageous gun violence statistics in our urban areas? The problem and the solution is poverty. Alleviate it. What fuels gun violence? Drug turf wars. What fuels drug sells? Hopelessness, poverty, despair, entrapment. Why is this prevalent in Black communities? That’s your answer. Because hopelessness, poverty, despair and entrapment are THE essence of life in Black communities. So, it is perceived as a ‘Black’ problem and therefore, pffft..who cares!

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