Black on Black Crime

Today, I listened while someone read an editorial from Jeff Jacoby of the Boston Globe.  In it, Jacoby lists out the brutally convicting statistics about black on black crime.  In particular, I was struck by a quote made by Jesse Jackson in 1993, “There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery–then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved.”  At the end Jacoby soberly states, “Americans overcame white racism; they can overcome black crime. But the first step, as always, is to face the facts.”

As we think about reaching the city, I sincerely hope that we will enlist the help of black leaders, and take both large and small steps toward revitalizing our neighborhoods.  I also sincerely hope that black leaders will step up to combat the problems of violent crimes in their own communities.  Consider what Martin Luther King Jr would think of the internal violence that was tearing the African American community apart.  What would he do?

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