I’m sure these figures are recorded every year, but I don’t ever remember seeing them published in mainstream media. Out of 259 reported homicide victims in Chicago this year, 201 were black. That’s 78%. One third of the entire city accounted for 78% of the murder victims. Of those 201 victims, 154 of them were black men under age 35. And all that doesn’t count people killed by the police.
The issue is complex yet simple at the same damn time: either you believe the murders stem from some innate barbarity, or from extraordinarily desperate living conditions. It’s either nature or nurture.
Amazingly, politicians of all races and from all parties have managed not to commit to either side. Instead, they’ve chosen to do nothing. Except maybe hire more police - hey, at least those murders don’t get counted. See these numbers should make you furious. It should be difficult to focus on much else. Yet again, miraculously, our “representatives” find a way to not care.
Black life, in agreement with the entire history of the Western world, continues to be considered worthless. Black death, however, has value. Elections are won with it, news corporations remain rich off of it, and the prison industrial system booms because of it.