It has always been treacherous to be Black in America — and if you’re a Black Man in America — your chances for even average survival are slimmer than your White peers.
In urban cores like Chicago — where over a third of the population is
Black — you can begin to see how the threat of just being born a
certain color can crumble a vital urban core.
Forbes reported this month:
- Black Americans have an average life expectancy of 73.3 years, five years shorter than white Americans.
- Black American males
have a life expectancy of 69.8 years, slightly longer than the averages
for Iran and Syria and slightly shorter than in Nicaragua and Morocco.
Those numbers are startling, but not new. From a 1992 report:
- The infant mortality rate in the U.S. was 8.5 infant deaths per 1000 live births.
- The rate for White infants was 6.8 while the rate for Black infants was 16.7.
- The Black infant mortality rate is higher than the rate of every industrialized country and even some Third World countries.
- Black women die during childbirth four times more often than white women.
- In 1990, life expectancy for a Black man in Harlem was lower than for a man in Bangladesh.
Is the Urban Core rotting Blacks — especially the Black Man — from
the inside out with minority-on-minority violence and an uncaring
social welfare program that sustains hunger but doesn’t grow the
We’ve recently witnessed the assassination of three Black students in Newark and the killing of an Orange police officer and since July in Omaha, Nebraska, there have been over 40 shootings with handguns.
Omaha’s mayor wants to hire more police officers, but we wonder if the
problem is harder to quell than a gun-on-gun solution when Omaha has
the third-highest Black poverty rate among America’s 100 largest metro areas.
More Blacks live in poverty right now in Omaha than those who remained in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
When you look at “Segregation by Race” in Omaha against the 100 largest metro areas in America, Omaha ranks 45th.
Here are the Top 10 Child Poverty Rates for Blacks in the 100 largest metro areas in America:
- Omaha 59.4
- Knoxville, Tenn. 58.7
- Toledo, Ohio 57.2
- Syracuse, N.Y. 55.4
- Oklahoma City 49.7
- Dayton, Ohio 49.6
- Grand Rapids, Mich 49.6
- Youngstown, Ohio 49.4
- Milwaukee 48.7
- Baton Rouge, La. 46.6
I argue today that historic abject poverty, lack of access to equal education and innate socially mandated Racism has led us into the most awful headline of the week.
What’s alarming about that news is Blacks only make up 13% of the population, yet half the murder victims in America are Black.
- 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
- More than half the murders of Blacks took place in densely populated urban areas.
Firearms were involved 77 percent of the time in homicides involving
Black people and around 60 percent of the time in murders of whites.
- Most murder victims — 93 percent of Blacks and 85 percent of Whites — were killed by someone of their own race.
How do we get out of this Black Box of Punishment based on Racial discrimination and skin color?
Is “Being Black” in America a crime-of-birth? Is their
punishment an early death in childhood or a quick murder at the end of
a handgun in their youth?
Or is “Born Black” a preformed condition of our national mindset that punishes the poor by default and disparages the underprivileged by purpose?