John Dupree: Black-on-black deaths

February 28, 2014 

Eugene Robinson’s Feb. 22 column “I’m black – don’t shoot me” decries the unjust action of two white men against black youths.

Between 2000 and 2010, 4,607 black murder victims 17 years old or younger were killed by other blacks (4,441 of the killers were 17 or younger), according to the Wall Street Journal. There were 340 black victims 17 years or younger killed by non-Latino whites. That means black youths were 13 times more more likely to be killed by a black person than by a white one.

In 2011, according to the FBI, 2,695 blacks (of all ages) were killed, and the killers were nearly 13 times more likely to be black than white (2,447 to 193). The above numbers were quoted by David A. Lehrer and Joe R. Hicks of the human relations organization, Community Associates Inc., in the July 24 Other Opinion piece “Rhetoric, race and reality in America.”

So I would ask Eugene Robinson to look to his own rather than continue to fan the flames of racism!

John Dupree, New Hill

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