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1 Isaiah Alexander Mrs. Pike­Green English 3 Thursday, May 22, 2014 America’s Greatest Epidemic: Black on Black Violence  There is a city boy in America today, born and raised in the frigid streets of  South Chicago. He is young, a student­athlete still growing into his prime, yet his dreams  and aspirations are his primary focus. He ignores the rambunctious behavior of his peers  and lives his life day­by­day, with integrity and honesty. He is the epitome of promise, a  shining light of America’s future…and he will be shot down later this year by one of his  peers. Like thousands of black men before him, this young boy will not be mourned, or  even acknowledged for that matter, by the people of America. Instead, he will simply  vanish within the oceans of death statistics and homicide rates. The circumstances of his  death will be forgotten.  Everyone will go about his or her daily life, none sparing a  second thought for that young black boy from Chicago. Within this situation lies a major  problem; for decades, thousands of colored men have fallen victim to black on black  violence. In fact, this problem has escalated to the point where murder and an African­ American go hand in hand. I ask now, what caused this epidemic? What happened to the  philosophies of Black Unity? What happened to the lessons of peace taught by Martin  Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X? Why is it that, in this day and age, black kids kill other  black kids? And how may we solve it? Though personal decision pertains to an  2 individual, I believe that through ceasing glorification of the crime life and by building  stronger relationships within the black community, then perhaps African American youth  will no longer have to fear the wrath of their brethren.     Black on Black violence remains to be the most horrific epidemic in America  today. Not just because of the body count, but also because of how many blacks allow it  to happen without even attempting to stop it. This issue has persisted long enough to  where there are many people who believe it shall never cease, and that trying isn’t even  worth the effort. Richard King states that the black community has the mentality of, "I  can’t read, I can’t count, math is too hard...I don’t want to be an egg head scientist,  physics is for white people, that is the man's science...(the man's science) is too  abstract..." King, Richard "African Origin of Biological Psychiatry". For the most part,  especially when it pertains to the effort in halting Black on Black violence, this spells  true. On Easter Sunday, April 20th, there were over 40 people shot in the city of Chicago  alone. Yet, despite a few news broadcasts, there were neither public rallies for peace nor  any Presidential addresses. Simply put, there was a simple cry of grief, then the inevitable forgetting of what transpired days after the event occurred. Worse still, this kind of  violence is happening almost every weekend in cities such as Chicago or “Chiraq”. Even  though this is a single incident, blacks have been getting shot more, and much longer than any group of people in America.  3 For Black males, ages 14­24, the primary cause of death are homicide, as  opposed to their Caucasian counterparts, which are unintentional injuries. If one were to  investigate further, the group of people who murder African Americans the most are, of  course, other African American males. According to the Centers for Disease Control and  Prevention (CDC), over 7,000 black males were murdered nationwide, with 83 percent of those murders being involved with firearms. The reason why black males kill so much  may be hidden within the confines of the music that is directed to them. Black music  artists such as Keith "Chief Keef" Cozart, Robert "Meek Mills" Williams, and even Hip  Hop pioneers Tupac Shakur, and Christopher "Biggie Smalls" Wallace all associated  their lyrics with the glamorized life of the gangster and thug. By reciting lyrics such as,  "Bitches love Sosa, O end or no end, fucking with them old boys, you gone get fucked  over… These hoes love chief Sosa, hit ‘em with that cobra, now that boy slumped  over…" ("Love Sosa"­Chief Keef) to the masses of younger, more impressionable black  children, it results in them "living the lyrics". Most disturbing, however, is the fact that  these lyrics are being broadcasted shamelessly, without the effort of discretion. Media  outlets almost intentionally direct these songs into the minds of the youth who wish to be  the very thing the lyrics preach: rich, beloved, and in the end…successful.     The only way to completely cease black on black violence, in my eyes, is to  strengthen the black community by eliminating any establishments that encourage  destructive behavior, such as weapon shops and liquor stores. A line of dialogue from the film, "Boyz n the Hood", explains the urgency and importance of this theory perfectly, "  4 Why is it that there is a gun shop on almost every corner in the community? I'll tell you  why. For the same reason why there's a liquor store on almost every corner of the black  community. Why? They want us to kill ourselves", (Singleton, John. "Boyz n the Hood."  Furious Styles Monologue. 1991). By eliminating these outlets, America would see a  decrease in crime and gun related issues. And even better, perhaps replace those  establishments with more positive outlets, such as libraries or recreation centers. Doing  this would effectively kill two birds with one stone; taking away the thing that harms  black youth the most and then filling the newly made void with positivity.  Despite the evidence previously presented, there remains a number of  individuals who believe that eliminating negative outlets shall prove fruitless and will  yield no results. Those people instead believe that in order to stop black on black  violence, one must start at home and supply the black youth with role models and  mentors who will guide them to success. While that method is great in concept, there lies  one major flaw; one cannot possibly hope to supply each black child with a shepard.  There are over 40 million blacks that call America home (US Census Bureau. Black  Demographics. 2012). Finding each and every black child and giving them a guide;  whether it be mother, father, uncle, teacher, or friend, shall prove to be infeasible.  However, the method of taking out any negative outlets may prove to be a much more  realistic task. And better still, it's possible. Black children could walk down sidewalks  without seeing drunken vagrants and gun­toting thugs on every corner. And instead of  walking into one of the many liquor stores to grab a drink, they can simply find solace in  5 a black directed Rec Center. By getting the right amount of funding and effort, this vision could be a reality.  Black on Black violence is America's most critical epidemic. Thousands died and  yet millions more still do not realize the severity of the situation. Enough time has passed and too many have died. As a black man myself, I chose this topic, not to broaden my  own horizons, but to instead spread the urgency of this matter. Hopefully, the individual  reading this paper might've learned something new about the black community, like I  have. And so, using the things I have learned, such as the sheer numbers black boys who  are slain every year due to Black violence, to the lack of effort put in to stop it, I will do  my part and spread the word to every person who would hear it. And hopefully, like this  topic has done for me, it'll scare someone into making a change.  6 Work Cited Boyz N the Hood. Dir. John Singleton. Perf. Laurence Fishburne. 1991. DVD. African Origin of Biological Psychiatry, Richard King. Book Leading Causes Of Death By Age Group, Black Males­United States, 2010*. "Black  Males by Age Group, 2010." Short and Full Terms for Leading Causes of Death (Males)  (n.d.): n. pag. 2010. Web. 22 May 2014. Love Sosa. Pro. Tyree Pittman. Perf. Keith Cozart. 2012 7 "US Census Black Demographics." Us Census Black Demographics. N.p., n.d. Web. 22  May 2014.


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