Friday, August 10, 2007

Society Tearing Itself Apart From The Inside

We live in a society that needs to shape up before it self-destructs. Not everything is bad. But there is so much to correct. This story saddens me with the facts. The story needs to be a wake-up call that changes need to occur. I grabbed the story from Maybe the silent majority will wake-up and finally say "enough is enough."

"African-Americans are victims of nearly half the murders committed in the United States despite making up only 13 percent of the population, a report published Thursday showed.

Around 8,000 of nearly 16,500 murder victims in 2005, or 49 percent, were black Americans, according to the report released by the statistics bureau of the Department of Justice.

Broken down by gender, 6,800 black men were murdered in 2005, making up more than half the nearly 13,000 male murder victims.

Black women made up 35 percent, or 1,200, of the nearly 3,500 female homicide victims.
Young black men aged between 17 and 29 bore a disproportionately high burden in the grim statistics, making up 51 percent of African-American murder victims.

The percentage of white male murder victims in the same age group was 37 percent.

More than half the murders of blacks took place in densely populated urban areas.

Most murder victims -- 93 percent of blacks and 85 percent of whites -- were killed by someone of their own race.

Gang violence was involved in around five percent of homicides with black victims against seven percent for white victims.

In percentage terms, whites were twice as likely to be killed by a current or former partner than blacks -- 12 percent of whites were murdered by a life partner against six percent of blacks.

Blacks were also at greater risk of rape or sexual assault than any other ethnic group except American Indians, the report showed."

Are we just going to let the madness continue?


Debo Hobo said...

The silent majority? They aren't silent they speak from the Oval Office, and press conferences on the hill everyday. We are only black folks after all. Nobody cares what happens to us. If they did the numbers wouldn't speak as loudly as they do.

Thanks for the story

The All Seeing Eye said...

The "silent majority" is large number of people in a country or group who do not express their opinions publicly (wikipedia). This ususually refers to the average Church-going American. I am asking for them to speak up and and say "enough is enough."

Debo Hobo said...

Well, THEM ain't listening... them is content to live a "Quaint Existance" as it is the goal of this land. Or is it "Blind Ignorance?"

The All Seeing Eye said...

I don't believe they on the whole are aware of how stark the numbers are.

Jennifer said...

Thank you so much for this post!

There are times I like to think we have come a long way over the last few thousand years, but the reality is, we have such a long way to go!

It helps to have the awareness of what is going on, so thank you for helping us grasp the situation!

Warmest wishes,