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October 21, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

Black men killing other black men

In the Aug. 28 article “After funeral, Horsford steps further into spotlight on race,” Rep. Steven Horsford said because of the tragic death of Michael Brown, now is the time for this nation to have a discussion on what policies, laws and practice we need to change and improve on going forward.

Horsford is now the lead sponsor of a bill to limit racial profiling in police departments that receive federal grants. I agree now is the time for us to discuss these issues and take an in-depth look at the disproportionate number of blacks who are murdered each year in this country.

There should be a greater emphasis on why the No. 1 cause of death among blacks, particularly between the ages of 15 and 34, is homicide. The statistics show that 93 percent of murders in this county are committed by the same race. So why are so many young black men killing each other? Why don’t we see our black leaders going to the communities where young black men are slaughtering each other? Why do black people only riot when there is a shooting of a black man by a police officer?

Racism is still here in America but is drastically down from when I was a child in the 1950s. If Horsford wants to be a leader in this fight of young black men being murdered, then he’d better start looking at all the reasons why there is an alarming rate of black men killing each other. Did he attend any of the funerals in Chicago after the Fourth of July weekend, in which 82 citizens were shot and 16 died? Many of the victims were black men murdered by black men.

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