2Adam29 wrote:The problem is, the black folks in Omaha are getting into a lot more violent deaths per capita than other places. There must be an underlying factor there. Saying just, "oh there's more people dying in Chicago" ignores the fact that chicago has a lot more people to be dying. Why is the small group of people we have here killing themselves at a much higher rate? Just like Chicago, most of our black residents are not involved in gang activity, if you have evidence to the contrary I'd love to see it.
There's a few things to address here...
First of all, we agree. The issue is clearly a per-capita issue, and that is where the "most dangerous" distinction came from.
Second, no, not all of Omaha's black youth are involved in gangs. In fact, quite the opposite. But... the violence is almost always a result of gang related activity.
Lastly... North Omaha's black population consistently ranks in our nation's top 5 poorest and most blighted black communities. I think it might be fair to say both the poverty and crime issues are closely related.
My issue with that journalist is his implied assumption that North O is neglected by the rest of the city, thus remaining segregated and impoverished, when the reality is that North Omaha suffers from a complete lack of internal leadership, and the most damaging thing to North Omaha, is North Omaha itself.
But, of course, you will not find a journalist from NYC to actually scratch beneath the surface when he has a due date to publish his piece of |expletive| article. It always makes for a good piece with buzz words like "violence" and "homicide" and "African Americans" and "Neglect", then mix them all into a single article, well, you have an award-winning Pulitzer piece.
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