This forum was created to provide the opportunity for persons interested in addressing the needs of, and advocating on behalf of Black Men and their familial concerns. Initially, this effort was born out of my need to articulate and define those relevant issues that lie at the heart of the crises confronting Black Males in Dallas metropolitan area . Among the most pressing issues requiring immediate attention, were the following:
- 1. Rampant Joblessness and the need for Economic Development
- 2. Educational Depravation and Decline (48% dropout rate)
- 3. Violence and the Impact of Gun Availability and Homicide (2400
- 4. Black Murders between (2000-2009)
- 5. Ex-Offender Issues and the Disproportionate Impact on BlackMales (approx. 65% of all ex- offenders)
- 6. The Erosion of the Black Family
We find it very alarming and disconcerting that among adolescents and young adults between the ages of 14 – 24 most are likely to die from homicide. Homicide accounts for 44% of all death among Black non Hispanic males. To put this in perspective, consider this: one of the vital signs of a country’s socioeconomic health is the life expectancy enjoyed by its inhabitants. Longevity is often cited as the “gold standard” or indicator to measure the difference in the level of social development across countries and over time. In 1998 U.S. Center for Disease Control estimated that the life expectancy at birth during the 1989-1991 period for Black males in urban settings was 57.5, just over 6 months longer than the life expectancy at birth in 1990 for a male born in India.
The point? The Black male mortality or longevity rate is comparable to those of males in THIRD WORLD developing cultures.
Here is one more comparison to think about. An analysis of historical data shows that inspite of the different time spans, serving in the U.S. military during wartime may be preferable to living in some urban communities (war zone) today. The likelihood of death by violence is 8.47% in urban communities, 2.47%during WWI, 2.5% during WWII, and 1.2% during Vietnam War ( notice the decrease in death as the powers to be figured out to reduce the deaths of our son in combat but can’t in our communities)).
Absolutely mind boggling that it may be safer for our sons in actual military war zones! Go figure.
Would you like to know more about what is really happening to our Black males and how we can begin to turn back the tide of destruction of the Black family through the alienation and devaluation of Black men in Black communities. Then, come join us at Zion Chapel Economic Development Inc. as we work to identify and alleviate the root causes responsible for this system of degradation and destruction.