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Chicago: 75% of Murdered Are Black, 71% of Murderers Are Black

The numbers are horrifying.
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After hearing about a woman attempting to start a sex-strike in Chicago, ultimately based on the Ancient Greek play Lysistrata, to end the gun violence, we thought it would be good to dig into the numbers a little bit. We wish we hadn't. 

Simply put, Chicago has a massive Black-on-Black murder problem. All of the data below comes from the Chicago Police Department. You can access it here.

In 2011, the latest data officially released by the Chicago Police, there were 433 homicides. Of these, just 128 (29%) had a corresponding prosecution.

VICTIMS

83.4% of deaths were from shootings, 6.7% stabbings, and 6.5% assaults. Of the 362 firearm homicides, 351 (97%) were from handguns. 77% of all homicide victims had a prior arrest history. Victims were 90% male.

Victims by Age:

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Victims by Race:

What stands out the most looking at both charts and knowing that 90% of the victims are male is that a lot of young, Black men are being killed in Chicago. No race comes even close to overall deaths by homicide. Keep in mind that based on 2010 Census numbers, only 33% of Chicago's population was classified as Black. 

OFFENDERS

In 2011, there were 140 convicted offenders for the 128 victims with an associated prosecution. There were more offenders than victims because 10.7% of homicides had two offenders and 10.0% had three or more offenders convicted. 87% of all offenders had a prior arrest history. Offenders were 88% male.

Offenders by Age:

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Offenders by Race: 

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The data on offenders also tells a troubling story: Young, Black males are overwhelmingly committing most of the murders. Based on the data on the victims, that means young, Black males are primarily killing other young, Black males. What a terrible situation. 

Now, we can and should debate about the causes, but let us just say that it’s hard to believe that racism is the root of it. Yes, some will argue that systemic racism traps Blacks in poverty, but does that explain why Blacks would seem to target other Blacks with such overwhelming violence and frequency compared to any other race? Furthermore on the race issue, it’s interesting to note that the Hispanics seem to actually murder more than they are murdered, while both Whites and Blacks are indeed murdered more than they murder.

Looking at the troubling statistics, is it reasonable to be reminded of Don Lemon's (a Black, CNN anchor) somewhat famous and controversial comments during the George Zimmerman acquittal in 2013: 

"'Black people,' Lemon said, 'if you really want to fix the problem, here's just five things that you should think about doing.'

The No. 1 item on that list -- 'and probably the most important,' he said -- had to do with out-of-wedlock births.

'Just because you can have a baby, it doesn't mean you should,' Lemon said. 'Especially without planning for one or getting married first. More than 72 percent of children in the African-American community are born out of wedlock. That means absent fathers. And the studies show that lack of a male role model is an express train right to prison and the cycle continues.'"

What Lemon describes is a culture problem. It's not that there isn't culture, it's whether or not it is the type that truly promotes human flourishing. Watching videos like the one below, our hearts go out to any mom or dad (hopefully, both) trying to raise a child right in such carnage. 

 

 

 

 

Devin Foley

Devin Foley

Devin is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Charlemagne Institute, which operates Intellectual Takeout, Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture, and the Alcuin Internship. He is a graduate of Hillsdale College where he studied history and political science. Prior to co-founding Charlemagne Institute, he served as the Director of Development at the Center of the American Experiment, a state-based think tank in Minnesota.

Devin is a contributor to local and national newspapers, a frequent guest on a variety of talk shows, such as Minneapolis' KTLK and NPR's Talk of the Nation, and regularly shares culture and education insights presenting to civic groups, schools, and other organizations. In 2011, he was named a Young Leader by the American Swiss Foundation.

Devin and his wife have been married for eighteen years and have six children. When he's not working, Devin enjoys time with family while also relaxing through reading, horticulture, home projects, and skiing and snowboarding.

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Longhwa
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2011, near the end of Obama’s first term. This trap of a culture of gun violence in black youth went unaddressed from 2008 to 2016, and for decades before and in the years since. How could the president do nothing in his home? Here we are in 2020, one week after a highly bloody Memorial Day weekend in Chicago, during the Coronavirus outbreak and during violent protests around the nation over the Floyd death during an arrest. How is it possible the focus is on this incident in the BLM and Antifa violence, but not on all the blacks murdered in Chicago last weekend mostly by other blacks? Only When these powerful movements and the entire liberal movement turn their attention to this most important issue will the dying of young black men in a hail of bullets halt because when black men still killing black men the incidence of black gun violence will diminish by 90%. The truth is tough to face. Even Obama did not face it during 2 terms. Floyd’s death was tragic, and the officer who killed him will be tried as justice requires. The demonstrations are focused on the wrong target. It is always difficult to face the mirror.
 
 

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Ok1940
I think we can agree that the people lining up in the BLM movement are not all true survivors of the south side and west side of Chicago but it seems that you’re trying to categorize the ideals of a group of people, which is very wrong. There are a lot of different opinions in BLM as well and addressing Chicago crime is in progression. But while you’d like to put in your 2 cents about being trapped in a culture, who is going to fight for the black people who don’t want to be trapped in it?
vonasol
Hello, Obama, shockingly enough DID address this father less problem a few times. As a senator https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cWCwn5ebN4 As a president https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwLq_KKHJXg This as president video only has barely above 2K views. He had HUGE issues with his father. Different roll of the dice and he could be dead or an OG.
Fortunato44
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These are all painfully honest statistics and it's even more important to dig further into the data. The majority of the male black-on-black crime variables are not only those youngsters, with priors, and from impoverished communities, but the other key unifying statistic that few focus on is gang activity. In each one of these categories, the lifestyle that promotes consistent violent criminality is gang involvement by its very nature. It's a business and lifestyle in these neighborhoods. Young & impressionable youth with no fathers around have little hope to pursue higher education in conjunction with gang recruiters pinpointing their hiring tactics during childhood. No fathers to look for advice and a criminal father figure trying to recruit is a recipe for disaster. The solution is to heavily focus police intelligence on gang activity in conjunction with a strong social movement for kids not to be born out of wedlock, as Don Lemon said. One social institution that promotes this is also the Church.
 
 

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HalFairchild
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Of course racism is the root cause of Black-on-Black violence. We are trained by White supremacy to hate Black. The NWord is anything but endearing, and yet its use in the African American population is, well, endemic. Black men are the tragic instruments of White Supremacy in the process of racial genocide. Solutions involve eradicating the products of racism: segregation, apartheid schools, crumbling communities, homelessness and poverty. But if racism is the root cause, then the eradication of racism is the necessary solution. White people are NOT superior. Black people are NOT inferior. We all, in fact, are ONE people. What are the symbols of White Supremacy? They must be identified and debunked and dismantled. Here is a short list: God the Father Christ the Redeemer Santa Claus Columbus Washington Jefferson Hamilton Andrew Jackson Christmas Easter Palm Sunday I could go on. What we seek is a brand new day, where all on Earth can hopefully say, "I have what I need and I need no more! Let us celebrate the end of war!" This is the vision I want to leave you with: A world a peace and love in our midst! White, Black, Red, Yellow Brown! A new Unity!
 
 

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ecyranot
No one is talking about ending the drug war. It's an utter failure. That needs to be done through the ballot box first, supporting candidates who will act. I appreciate your vision of a heavenly future, but people are dying now, fueled by gang warfare and the drug trade. End the drug war intelligently. Let's see what happens then and act accordingly.
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It is horrible that anyone is killed... Chicago: 75% of Murdered Are Black, 71% of Murderers Are Black. This has been going on for a very long time before George Floyd. Kieth Ellison deliberately withheld video that shows that George Floyd died of an overdose of Fentanyl. The optics of the Police resting on his neck and shoulder was never enough pressure to kill anyone.... but the Media ran with this story.
 
 

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tb
It all saddens me. I see the NBA pushing "Black Lives Matter" but to whom? It's easy to glob onto a slogan but where are people standing up to those robbing our neighbors and neighborhood of their dignity, their rights to live free without fear. Where are the people who outnumber the bad elements to stand together. You want less policing? How about mobilizing the absent Black leaders who pale to MLK and his beliefs. They seem to care more about politics than their own people. It's maddening!
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