By: Kyle James | 10-15-2017 | News
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NFL Protests Ignore The Deadlier Issue: Rising Black-On-Black Homicides

While mainstream NFL figures criticize police violence by refusing to stand during the national anthem, they are completely overlooking the rising number of black-on-black homicides. Baltimore for example saw a 157 black on black murders in a 10-month-period last year. The truth is, black men are paying the ultimate price with their lives faster than any other demographic group. The surging violent crime rate of black males has increased substantially in the past two years.

Manhattan Institute's Heath Mac Donald found that an FBI Uniform Crime Report released on September 25 showed the number of black homicide victims has jumped by nearly 900 percent since the Black Lives Matter movement started in 2014. Ms. Mac Donald said in an email, "The majority of victims of that homicide surge have been black. They were killed overwhelmingly by black criminals, not by the police and not by whites."

Even The Washington Post’s Fatal Force database shows the number of blacks killed by police has decreased from 259 in 2015 to 233 in 2016 with 175 deaths as of October 12 for 2017. The dramatic increase in black on black violence makes one wonder if the NFL players kneeling during the anthem are missing the bigger picture. Perhaps they should consider the type of examples they are setting for youth not just at games but in their daily lives.

Another startling fact quoted by Ms. Mac Donald, "A police officer is 18 times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male is to be killed by a police officer. Black males have made up 42 percent of all cop killers over the past decade, though they are only 6 percent of the population."

The true risk is not for a young black man to be shot by police for no reason, rather being killed by another black man which statistically occurs many times more frequently making it a bigger threat. Yet not a single one of these protesting NFL players talks about stopping black-on-black crime.

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