During this recession period in the U.S. we’ve seen a decrease in violent crimes. In fact, according to a recent FBI report, 2010 nationwide numbers fell by 6.2 percent. But in New York City the pattern of Black on Black crime continues … with the murder rate rising 31 percent for African Americans. (Watch the video report)
I grew up in some pretty rough neighborhoods in Brooklyn -- mainly Brownsville and East New York. I endured most everything that those mean streets bring -- from being critically shot to doing prison time. That’s why it was no surprise to me when the New York City Police Department stated that Brooklyn accounts for 42 percent of New York City homicides. But what was surprising was that the police seem to have no idea what’s behind the spike in murders. Maybe if they were policing the community like they should be the answer would be clear. That’s why I went to BK to get some answers from the ones that are directly affected… the young Black men from the ‘hood that are between the ages of 15-29. They account for a third of the murder victims.
I asked more than 10 people from Bedford Stuyvesant and Brownsville if they knew someone that got killed in the last year and all but one person answered yes emphatically. And when I asked them what might be the cause, they all had basically the same answers… lack of employment and recreation.
According to labor department reports, in New York City only 1 in 4 young Black men from the age of 16-24 have a job, which means 75 percent of these young cats are unemployed. Hmmm… I wonder why there’s a rise in murders with these young Black men in New York City?