Sanders Calls For End To Black Homicide
In response to a new report this week by the New York Police Department that indicates a dramatic spike in homicide rates among African Americans throughout New York City, Councilman James Sanders has issued a formal call for reduced violence on the streets of New York.
“Homicides of African Americans jumped 31 percent in 2010 from the previous year, and overall, black murder victims accounted for two-thirds of all homicides in the City in 2010,” Sanders said, quoting from the report. “Particularly alarming is the increased murder rate of young African American males. Fully one third of all murder victims in New York City last year were black males between the ages of 15-29, according to the NYPD report.”
“What we are witnessing is the annihilation of a generation, an implosion from within that will only serve to weaken our people,” said Sanders. “When our young men are taken from us at such a young age, we cheat ourselves of all they have to offer the world; their potential, their talents, their wisdom – all lost in a haze of senseless and chaotic violence. Who will raise the next generation? Who will teach our children about how to carry themselves as men, or what it means to be a young African Americans in America? We are killing our role models, and it has to stop.”
The report was issued on the eve of the anniversary of the shooting death of hip-hop star “Biggie Smalls,” who was murdered by an unknown assassin in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles in 1997. At the time, Smalls’ death served as a clarion call to the rap community to tone down some of the more violent rhetoric. Since his death, murder rates had been on the decline throughout the nation, and particularly in New York City, which has consistently been ranked among the safest big cities (populations in excess of 1 million) for the past decade.
Murder rates spiked throughout New York City in 2010, however, growing by 14 percent according to the report. In the wake of the report, the Councilman repeated his call for a renewed gun buy-back effort throughout New York City, as the continued violence demonstrates the clear need for a continued effort to remove weapons from the streets.
Concluded the Councilman, “This is a failure at every level. It’s a failure of parenting, of our schools, of our leaders in government, and of our society as a whole. We have to do a better job of teaching our kids that there is always a better way than violence, and that disputes should not end at the point of a knife or the echoes of bullets.
It’s up to all of us, as New Yorkers and as members of the community, to do better. That is why I am once again renewing my call for a gun buyback program in Queens, and throughout New York City.
It’s a small, easy, and vitally necessary step in the ongoing effort to keep us all safe.”