Usually after I spam these figures and graphs, I give a little summary of what I’ve posted. It’s hard for me to do this right now because these numbers make me sick to my stomach. The fact that the second leading cause of death for black males ages 1 – 4 is HOMICIDE makes me ill. Homicide.
Black men live with two things every day, either being one of these statistics, or, if by a miracle you’ve escaped it, you are pounded daily by the weight of these figures. Black men are dying. People like me are dying every day. It’s a miracle that I survived. I grew up in the South Bronx, one of the poorest neighborhoods in America and by the grace of God i’m less than3 months from turning 30 years old. But sometimes I worry. What if I get gunned down or arrested? And my situation is the equivalent of ice cream cake compared to other black men who fall under these figures.
The Trayvon Martin cause has scared black men, because it’s a fact that we are seen as criminals first and people like… I guess 5th?
Imagine being thought of as a murderer or criminal every day. Please take a minute to close your eyes and imagine that. This is what people like me live with every day. The clenching of purses in elevators. People crossing the street when they see you coming. Hostility from police. Again this is nothing compared to black men that comprise these statistics.
22% of all children in America live in poverty, African Americans comprise 38% of that number. African Americans make up only 13.6% of the population in America. I can’t even find the exact number of African American males in the US because when I google any variation of: “number of black males in america” there are only 2 hits that give any sort of related figures, and the rest are about crime or black male blame.
Let’s talk about google for a second, because perception is everything. I call this to Google Test.
Google Image search white male working, I’ll wait here…
Now google black male working. Peep the results.
Now try white teen working, then black teen working. Again, look at the results.
I can’t think of a conclusion to this and I have no answers. This is the reality being a black male in America. Look at the figures and quotes below to understand the constant feeling of helplessness and the fight that black males have to put up with every day we wake up.
With that said, lets begin:
[quote]Extrapolating black-on-black crime data reveals that, by comparison, approximately 100,000 African Americans have been killed on our own streets at the hands of other African Americans in roughly the same stretches of time. It is difficult to find anyone who would white-wash these mind-numbing statistics.
Equally as startling, the same study reveals African Americans were victims of an estimated 805,000 nonfatal violent crimes in just one year alone.
What’s more, blacks comprise roughly 12.5 percent of the U.S. population.[/quote]
[quote]Current statistics provided by the Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count Report in 2011 reveals that over 24 million children live apart from their biological fathers: one out of every three children in America. This situation is dramatically worse for African American children, 66% who live in father-absent homes. If we compare the above figures to 1960 figures where only 11% of children lived in father-absent homes and drew a conclusion, it would be safe to say that America is experiencing a father-absent crisis.
The impact of this change is most evident in its connection to the rising number of children in the child welfare and/or the juvenile justice systems. The National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI), 2009 U.S. Census Bureau data indicates that children who live absent their biological fathers are, on average, at least two to three times more likely to be poor; to use drugs; to experience educational, health, emotional and behavioral problems; to be victims of child abuse; and, to be more frequently engage in criminal behavior than their peers who live with their married, biological (or adoptive) parents.[/quote]
[quote]The most recent figures show African American joblessness at 16.2 percent. For black males, it’s at 17.5 percent; And for black teens, it’s nearly 41 percent.[/quote] 2011
[quote]Ted Corbin paints a stark picture of this group’s plight: of the 1.5 million victims treated each year in hospitals nationwide for nonfatal gunshot, stabbing and other physical assault injuries, approximately 30% are males of color. There were 2,916 homicides of black males in 2007. If we connect these dots to those of children from age 10-24 who were murdered in this same year, there were 5,764 – more than the number of people lynched in the century spanning from 1882 to 1982. [/quote]
Number of violent victimizations, personal thefts/larcenies, rate/sexual assaults, robberies, aggravated assaults, and simple assaults by race and sex, 1993 – 2010
Leading Causes of Death by Age Group, Black Males- United States, 2004*
Only Four Percent of College Students Are Black Males