It’s about time somebody had an honest discussion about this so here goes:
Ever since July 2013 we have been told by a certain segment of our population that “Black Lives Matter;” what is troubling to me is this seems to indicate and imply two disturbing things:
1. Either black lives didn’t matter before July of 2013 or…
2. Black lives REALLY only matter now when they lose their life in a particular way (i.e. how they were killed and/or by whom).
And what do I really mean by those statements? Well…black lives have been lost at what I would call an alarming rate for far too long, WAY BEFORE the BLM movement ever got started, but nobody seemed to care and nobody was outraged about it in the black community. Why?
Incidentally, as merely a side note, according to post modernism, political correctness, and the collegiate socialists of our day, aren’t we only supposed to refer to our fellow citizens in the black community as “African American?” Shouldn’t then the BLM movement be considered racist and insensitive because they refer to themselves as “black” instead of the politically correct moniker “African American?” Shouldn’t the BLM movement really be called the “African American Lives Matter” movement so as not to appear disingenuous and culturally disrespectful?
As I was saying, black lives have been snuffed out in this country at far too high a rate, for far too long, WAY BEFORE the BLM movement ever took root … Didn’t the lives of black citizens matter to them before July of 2013? Apparently not.
I for one believe we should be concerned about the alarming rate of lives being lost in the black community because admittedly it is disturbing and just plain awful. But I have to ask, “What is REALLY the greatest threat facing a black American in the 21st Century?”
Well, to help answer that question, consider the amazing research completed well over a year before the BLM movement ever came into existence conducted by PhD Rajiv Sethi and Researcher Brendan O’Flaherty out of the liberal College: Columbia University, New York at the end of 2010. Their collaborative effort was aptly titled, Homicide in Black and White and it has revealed some very startling information.
Here’s just some of what they discovered:
“Young black men are fifteen times as likely to be murdered as young white men.”
“African-Americans are roughly six times as likely as white Americans to die at the hands of a murderer, and roughly seven times as likely to murder someone; their victims are black 82% of the time.”
“Eliminating homicide would do more to equalize black and white life expectancy than eliminating any other cause of death except heart disease.”
“About 72,000 black men were held in state prisons on homicide charges (murder and manslaughter) in 2003, amounting to 13% of the total black prison population.”
“Blacks are about 2.2 times as likely as whites to be high-school dropouts, and 2.7 times as likely to grow up in a single parent household.”
“Our research shows that the hypothesis of victim-contingent costs implies that one can provide a complete ranking of levels of violence, with black on black interactions being most likely to end in murder and white on white interactions being least likely.”
“Blacks have been considerably more likely than whites to be killed by murderers in the US for as long as good records have been available. In 1910, when decent records start, the black murder victimization rate was about 22 per 100,000, and the corresponding white rate was around 5 per 100,000. a ratio of about 5 to 1. In 2004, the situation was not much different: the black victimization rate was 20.1 per 100,000 and the white rate was 3.6 for a ratio of about 5.6 to 1.”
“Individuals belonging to groups perceived to have low marginal penalties for killing will be feared, and they will accordingly also be killed with greater frequency. By the same token, individuals whose own deaths are less likely to be investigated and prosecuted vigorously will fear being killed, and may therefore be induced to kill preemptively.”
The findings of this research are alarming to say the least.
In addition to all of that, According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, 93 percent of black homicides were committed by other blacks between 1980 and 2008. And by 2012, it had only slightly dropped to 91 percent.
Statistics always vary, but the highest estimates show us that around (328) black Americans were killed by Law Enforcement in 2014. This means .0008% of the black population was killed by Law Enforcement and the outrage right now is at a fever pitch.
But where is the maniacal outrage against the people who are killing black Americans at a rate of 91%!!! Where? If black lives REALLY matter – I say again, where is the outrage!!!!
When is somebody going to care that black Americans are being killed at a rate of 91% (some 9,300 per year) by someone in their own community and of their same ethnicity??? Shouldn’t that matter FAR GREATER than only .0008% of them being killed by the police?
Why isn’t the BLM leadership rioting, picketing, and demanding justice in the low income housing projects of Chicago, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Detroit, Kansas City, et al. right where the most lives are being taken and destroyed?
Why aren’t they demanding that arrests be made and justice be served against the people who are murdering their brothers and sisters, and their nephews and cousins (AT A RATE OF 91%!!!) on a daily basis?
This kind of heinous, barbaric murdering spree has got to stop!
TRUTH #1: Murder is one of the greatest threats facing a black citizen in America
With no real official announcement, no fanfare, and no national recognition or award, on January 15, 2015 the most recent statistics were released by the Federal Government’s National Vital Statistics Report for the births and birth rates of all unmarried women in the year 2013. And the numbers are staggering:
During the twelve months of the year 2013, 17% of all Asian or Pacific Islander births occurred out of wedlock.
In that same time period 29.3 % of all White-Non Hispanic births occurred in unmarried women.
35.8% of all White births were from unmarried women.
53.2% of all Hispanic births were from unwed mothers.
66.4% of all American Indian or Alaska Native births were from unmarried women.
And as of two years ago, the black community is now experiencing child births in unmarried women at the profound rate of 71.5%; and as staggering as that is, it is actually a reduction from the 72.2% rate that it was in 2012.
To help put these numbers in perspective we need to realize that during the 1940’s and 50’s the national out of wedlock, unmarried birth rates for all races was hovering around 1.5 – 2% in this nation……1.5 – 2%!! This is truly a sociological epidemic not just nationally, but most damaging of all in the black community. And the effect is far reaching and severely impactful!
A Department of Education study found that blacks make up 18 percent of all preschool children, but they account for 42 percent of suspensions. Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson has wisely said, “Obviously the missing link to end the cycle of violence … in the black community is to rebuild black families. Progressive policies of providing financial incentives for single mothers who have kids out of wedlock must end.”
According to Children-our investment.org, homes without fathers ultimately affect children in numerous tragic ways:
· 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes.
· 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes.
· 85% of all children who show behavior disorders come from fatherless homes.
· 80% of rapists come from fatherless homes.
· 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes.
· 75% of all adolescent patients in chemical-abuse centers come from fatherless homes.
· 85% of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes.
Dr. Natalie Carroll, an obstetrician who has dedicated her 40-year career to helping black women, feels that this is unfortunate. “The girls don’t think they have to get married. I tell them children deserve a mama and a daddy. They really do. A mama can’t give it all. And neither can a daddy, not by themselves. Part of the reason is because you can only give that which you have. A mother cannot give all that a man can give. A truly involved father figure offers more fullness to a child’s life.”
TRUTH #2: Absentee fathers are one of the greatest threats facing a black citizen in America today.
And lastly, as damaging and destroying as the two previous dangers are, this one leaves them far behind.
Abortion. That’s right abortion.
According to Pastor Clenard Childress, approximately 52 percent of all African-American pregnancies now end in abortion. (Just let that sink in for a second).
Nothing in American claims more lives than abortion, with some 1.2 million children being killed each year. But the African-American community bears the brunt of these abortions because although blacks on make up roughly 13% of the total US population, black women have 36% of all the abortions. A black baby is now 5 times more likely to be killed in the womb than a white baby.
Abortion in the African-American community has killed more than AIDS, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and violent crime combined.
Some 3,446 Blacks were lynched in the U.S. between 1882 and 1968, that number is surpassed in less than 3 days by abortion.
Every week more African-Americans are killed by abortion than all people killed in the Viet Nam war.
Since 1973, abortion has wiped out over 25% of the African-American population.
TRUTH #3: Abortion is THE GREATEST THREAT facing a black citizen in America today.
It’s time we start telling the truth and stop playing games so a REAL DIFFERENCE can actually be made; and made in the segment of our population that needs it the most!
Black lives are at stake.
To see a video of what REAL BLACK LEADERSHIP looks like you can go here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXwCOcBjpbg