Quite possibly the most difficult thing for any parent or family member to overcome is the death of a child. For most parents even the thought of losing a child sends uncontrollable shivers up and down their spine.
Undoubtedly, one of the most tragic aspects of a young person being murdered is that death provides an exclamation point that extinguishes ALL future contributions that the deceased would have made in “the land of the living”.
I fervently believe that it is this finality that negatively impacts the African-American community in untold ways. Making matters worse is the reality that the alluded to missed opportunities and wasted resources reverberates over time.
Apparently, the grief and subsequent desensitization that the constant stream of murders engenders prevents us from reflecting upon the reality that the demise of untold numbers of anonymous African-American Males robs our community of the genius that God has placed within them.
I am certain that no sensible person would resist the assertion that the murder of Black Males is a national crisis. For those who doubt such an assertion, I offer the following stats provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The reality that the vast majority of these murders are the result of black-on-black crime should make the addressing of this issue a primary issue within the African-American community.
According to the CDC the following is true in regards to the deaths of African-American males.
- For African-American males who die between the ages of 15 – 19 — 47.8% will be murdered.
- For African-American males who die between the ages of 20 – 24 — 49.9% will be murdered.
- For African-American males who die between the ages of 25 – 34 — 33.5% will be murdered.
In many ways it is amazing that so many fail to realize that the colossal social issues facing our community flow from the fact that African-American males have been under attack for centuries. Unfortunately for the African-American community, Black males have taken heed to prevailing societal constructs that the primary duties of a man is to serve as a protector and provider for their family.
In urban areas where there have historically been inferior educational resources that predictably feeds directly into a gross lack of economic opportunities for African-American males; the latter has worsened exponentially since Black leaders unwisely pursued integration as a strategy to uplift the Race. The battle for the few available resources in urban America has been, horrific. Make no mistake about it, the chaos found within urban Black America brings to light the First Epistle to Timothy 6:10 “For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil” as nothing else can.
There is quite possibly no greater understanding of Black males’ collective failure to understand ‘The Game of Life’ than their desperate pursuit of sporadic dead-end revenue sources instead of long-term politico economic goals that hold the potential to uplift not only themselves, but also the entire community.
Most of those participating in what can only be termed ‘the paper chase’ fail to realize that their efforts to secure a pittance of money ‘by any means necessary’, is in fact a fruitless pursuit that ultimately leads to either their incarceration or death, usually at the hand of another African-American male who is ironically participating in the same hellish game.
There is no room to argue that the on-going genocide of young African-American males is not only robbing our community of much needed resources, but also definitively proves that many of our brothers’ have long ago abandoned uplifting mantra’s such as “I am my brother’s keeper.”
Dr. James Thomas Jones III
©Manhood, Race and Culture, 2016