Why The Black Community Must Develop A Sense Of Urgency Regarding Lethal Violence Among Black Males.

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(ThyBlackMan.com) I guess that it would be disingenuous to feign shock at the death of my cousin Nolan Lovett some months ago. I have lived long enoughto understand the unfortunate reality that as a black man who loves his brothers that I should expect and accept the untimely demise of black men to gun violence. Unfortunately, such matters are as routine as a sunset. In time, even the most ardent supporters of black males begrudgingly accept the reality that a portion of black men will die by black-on-black gun violence.

In the wake of yet another black man being lowered into the grave, one should ponder what does it mean when black men are gunned down by other black men in dubious situations.

I do not know of a single black family who has not been touched in one way or another by omnipresent black-on-black lethal violence that stretches throughout urban hell holes to suburban oasis.

When considering such matters, it is easy to discern that Black America has avoided dealing with the primary question of why are black males slaughtered each other on a routine basis? Better yet, why has Black America not interceded in violence that Black Nationalists would term fratricide? After all, the perpetrators of the alluded to murders are someone’s son, nephew, brother, uncle, or father. There is no way of escaping the reality that these males were produced by our community.

I’ve written and spoken on this subject long enough to realize that there are some who will seek to derail this conversation via nefarious means such as questioning where was my condemnation of white officers murdered black men in the street. Such an old dodge reveals both a gross ignorance of previous writings that addressed the deplorable actions of roguish, criminal-minded “law enforcement” officers, but most troubling does nothing to solve the issue being addressed in this essay. Such diversions delay the addressing of the fact that according to FBI data in 2015 there 7,014 black homicide victims — 6,172 of them were black males. The alluded to database also tells us that the homicide rate for the nation is nearly 19 murders/100,000 citizens versus almost 5 murders/100,000 citizens among blacks.

Admittedly, the process and national climate contextualizing black-on-black lethal violence among black males is a sordid tale with many moving pieces covering economic misery, black political disorganization, inferior educational institutions, and disassembled communities. Such matters must neither frighten nor discourage Black America; I am confident that you agree that the stakes are far too high for such a reaction.

It is common to hear black men comment that our communities need to be made safe for black women and children. Rarely do I hear that reasonable assertion stretched to cover black males, regardless of age or socioeconomic status. Most reasonable people agree that we must work to end the senseless murders of black males as they are desperately needed to raise their children, create businesses, and serve as a buffer against the opponents of black liberation.

It is time that we increase the peace and distance ourselves from the senseless violence that has become so common in our community. Our existence depends on it.

Staff Writer; Dr. James Thomas Jones III

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