How many times have you watched television and heard your city named as the murder capital, yet you catch the bus and/or walk your neighborhood daily and things are generally the same as they’ve always been…dangerous. But, when you hear it on national news, it gives the nation the impression that everyone is walking around brandishing guns and driving tanks to the grocery store. This also presents a deeper problem in business. The investors that would have helped the city flourish either turn to another viable source or present businesses divest.
Now it is being reported that young black males are killing one another at an alarming rate reminiscent of the late 80s and early 90s when crack hit the scene. An influx of gang activity in the inner cities is seemingly the obvious culprit, but other factors remain in the lack of funding of essential programs in urban centers.
How many, by a show of hands, have seen a major reduction in “black on black” crimes? If this sounds like your community, when, by year, did it get out of control and when did the crime get under control? We are conducting our own research into this matter because it seems we’ve entrusted major news outlets and law enforcement to provide honest information for far too long. Read here and let us know if the information is representative of your city.