By Spencer Overton, The Nation
Over Memorial Day weekend, at least 69 people were shot in Chicago. If past trends continue, most of them are people of color. Mass shootings in places like Newtown, Aurora, and San Bernardino grab national attention, but gun violence is a regular part of life in many communities of color.
Commentary by: Lynn Cheramie, Founder, Freedom Fighters of America
Once again another article that doesn't have the Black community claiming responsibility for their own but bundling Police brutality into the mix as if that makes the situation any better.
Here are some facts:
Police Shootings that resulted in death of the suspect:
432 Total in 2016
206 were White or 48%
100 were Black or 23%
66 were Hispanic or 15%
Source: THE GUARDIAN DATABASE
Homicides by Race 1980-2008:
Trends by race Blacks were disproportionately represented among homicide victims and offenders.
In 2008, the homicide victimization rate for blacks (19.6 homicides per 100,000) was 6 times higher than the rate for whites (3.3 homicides per 100,000).
The victimization rate for blacks peaked in the early 1990s, reaching a high of 39.4 homicides per 100,000 in 1991 (figure 17).
After 1991, the victimization rate for blacks fell until 1999, when it stabilized near 20 homicides per 100,000.
In 2008, the oﬀ ending rate for blacks (24.7 oﬀ enders per 100,000) was 7 times higher than the rate for whites (3.4 oﬀ enders per 100,000) (fi gure 18).
The oﬀ ending rate for blacks showed a similar pattern to the victimization rate, peaking in the early 1990s at a high of 51.1 oﬀ enders per 100,000 in 1991.
After 1991, the oﬀ ending rate for blacks declined until it reached 24 per 100,000 in 2004.
The rate has since fluctuated, increasing to 28.4 oﬀ enders per 100,000 in 2006 before falling again to 24.7 oﬀ enders per 100,000 in 2008.
Source: DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
Once again we ask the questions, When will it be time for the Black community to police itself? When will it be time to stop blaming racism for the issue of Black on Black Crime? When will it be time for us to stop trying to dilute the murder rate among Blacks by presenting any other information to justify it? Black on Black Crime is a huge problem that no one wants to address lest they be called a racist. Time to stop using that word because it has become worse than the "N" word!