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Season One of the Call For Justice Podcast.

Episode 1:
Black on Black Violence

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Stop The Black Genocide

Welcome to Season 1, Episode 1 of the Call For Justice Podcast.  In this episode we will discuss the issue of Black-On-Black violence.  We will answer such questions as:

  • Is black-on-black crime a myth?
  • The homicide rate amongst young black men?
  • Should the BLM movement address black-on-black crime?
  • What are some solutions for the black male homicide rate?

Black On Black Violence Statistics:

  • Homicide is the leading cause of death for black males between the age 15-34.[1]
  • Blacks suffer much higher rates of personal violence and violent victimization than whites. This is particularly true for homicide victimization.[2]
  • Although whites represent the majority of suspects arrested for all crimes, blacks are disproportionately more likely to be arrested for violent crimes, especially homicide, relative to their share of the U.S. population.[3]
  • Between 1980 and 2008, blacks were disproportionately represented as both homicide victims and offenders.[4]
  • The homicide victimization rate for blacks (27.8 per 100,000) was six times higher than the rate for whites (4.5 per 100,000) (figure 1).[5]
  • Blacks accounted for slightly more than 51 percent of all gun homicide victims between 1980 and 2008, despite representing only about 13 percent of the U.S. population. The homicide offending rate for blacks (34.4 per 100,000) was almost eight times higher than the rate for whites (4.5 per 100,000).[6]
  • The vast majority of homicides are intra-racial, with 84 percent of white victims killed by whites and 93 percent of black victims killed by blacks.[7]
  • Black males between the ages of 18 and 24 are dramatically overrepresented in homicide.[8]
  • NEWS NOT ALL BAD:
    • Homicides of young black males in this age category peaked at 195.9 victimizations per 100,000 in 1993 and subsequently declined to 91.1 victimizations per 100,000 in 2008.[9]
    • Homicides by young adult black males peaked at 365 offenders per 100,000 in 1993 and subsequently declined to 175.8 offenders per 100,000 in 2008.[10]

What are some solutions for the black male homicide rate?

Footnotes:

[1] http://www.cdc.gov/men/lcod/2013/blackmales2013.pdf

[2] Anthony Allan Braga and Rodney Brunson, The Police and Public Discourse on “black-on-black” Violence (Boston, MA: Harvard Kennedy School, 2015).

[3] Ibid.

[4] Ibid.

[5] Ibid.

[6] Ibid.

[7] Ibid.

[8] Ibid.

[9] Ibid.

[10] Ibid.