Thursday, September 02, 2010

Detroit Struggles With High Murder Rates Among Young Black Males: The Environment Needs Changing

Detroit struggles with rise in murders of young black men From The Detroit

From The Article
In Detroit, as jobs and hope have evaporated in the wake of a gnawing recession, the fallout has been more than just economic. For a tiny slice of the population, it's become increasingly fatal.
For black males in the city between ages 15 and 24, the chances of getting murdered have risen rapidly in recent years, increasing from 79 in 2005 to 102 last year. The number reached a high of 115 in 2008.
"We are aware of it," said interim Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee Jr. "We are concerned."

Young black men account for just 7 percent of the city's population, yet more than a quarter of all homicides. They have a murder rate -- 200 per 100,000 residents -- nearly seven times higher than the rest of the population. If they had died at the same rate as everyone else in Detroit, there would have been 16 killed last year, or one every three weeks.

Instead, police were investigating, on average, the murders of two young black men a week.
"There's a lot of young kids dying," said Lyvonne Cargill, a 39-year-old Detroiter whose son Je'Rean "Blake" Nobles was gunned down May 14 a few blocks from her eastside home. He was 17.
Most of Detroit learned about Je'Rean's killing because of what happened days later: Police looking for his killer raided an east-side home and accidently shot and killed a 7-year-old girl, Aiyana Stanley-Jones.
But Aiyana's death wasn't the only tragedy to follow. Cargill said two of her son's best friends, both 17, also have been killed. One was shot to death, the other beaten to death.
"It's so bad what's going on around here," she said.

The subtitle of the next section from the article is where our community needs not compromise upon.

The point that many people fail to realize is the question of WHO this COMPROMISE must not be made toward. The group of people who must not compromise are the "Black Rank & File" - NOT those who promote themselves as "Civil Rights Leaders". The people WHO WE MUST NOT COMPROMISE WITH are:

  • The Elected Officials Over Detroit
  • The Civil Rights Activists who put them into power
  • The Parents of these young people who have a responsibility for managing their children
  • The Adults in the community within which these young people were raised who need to retain the character of their community
Today the Black community has too much fusion of individuals that COME FROM our community but who's present position of representation of the interests of our community mandate that there be separation.  Without this distinction we mistake UNITY for EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT.

With this notion of unity as an operating mandate those who don't wish to step upon their permanent friend's toes will conspire as they agree to focus upon some EXTERNAL ADVERSARY to focus upon as the problem.  This nullifies the opportunity to perform the necessary reorganization of the internal management infrastructures within the Black community.

When I wrote about the preposterous notions presented by opinion writer DeWayne Wickham in which he praised present day civil rights leaders for their focus upon unemployment in Detroit - the facts that Mr Wickham has missed is the complicity that these organizations and operatives in seating the city leadership and the policies that the city ran upon for decades.  

There is far too much "insider trading" within the Black community which squanders any serious attempt to erect sufficient firewalls and protections where results that fall "murderously" short of our needs as a community has consequences. 

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