Monday, September 14, 2009


"Homicide Statistics Rise For Black Youths
December 29, 2008
The number of homicides involving black youths — as victims and perpetrators — surged by more than 30 percent from 2002 to 2007, even as overall murder rates across the U.S. have been relatively stable, according to a study released Monday by researchers at Northeastern University.

The study showed that the number of black murder victims rose by more than 31 percent from 2000 to 2007. The number of murders involving young, black perpetrators rose by 43 percent over the same period, according to the study by criminal justice professors James Alan Fox and Marc Swatt.

The report also noted that guns were the weapon of choice in most of the killings.

Last year, 426 black males ages 14-17 died in gun crimes — 40 percent more than in 2000; nearly 1,000 young black males used guns to kill someone in 2007 — 38 percent higher than in 2000.

Fox said the homicide rate for blacks — especially teenagers — has risen steadily and across geographic regions. He said one reason could be the profound shift in priorities since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, which means police departments have taken on homeland security duties — often at the expense of community policing.

"Now, I don't want to weigh one life against another, but when you look at it, many more people are murdered every single year in ordinary street violence than were killed on Sept. 11, 2001," Fox said.-SOURCES-WWW.NPR.ORG
"Divine Intervention Sought To Curb Youth Gang Violence
Written by Thomas D. Segel
Wednesday, 17 September 2008 12:17
September 17, 2008
Increase in Gang Violence threatens our Homeland Security
Thomas D. Segel
(Harlingen, Texas) Gang violence is a rapidly growing cancer eating away at urban America. There can be no better evidence of this than a plea from a police chief in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas for the residents and churches of his city to "enter into their own time of prayer and intercession directed at the issue of gang violence, broken homes, and the deterioration of the family unit that is destroying our youth." -SOURCES -RIGHTSIDENEWS.COM

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What led me to cover this is two fold..1st is what i call a "minority genocide" going on in todays urban cities, and 2nd the purpose of living: to have a good impact on somebodys life while your here. The current state of mind of todays youth, is obvious to see. On the face of fontay's life, though he left here in his early
30's, he was able to touch not only his family, but his environment with goodness, loyalty, generosity, at the same understanding the ills, pressures, pitfalls of his yonkers ny neighborhood. Understanding we are here but for a short time, its good to keep in mind to leave a good impact while you are here. From close sources of his family, in revealing his character it was stated " There was no such thing as if i have something, you dont have it, with him", says his cousin. "If i have you have, if i eat you eat". Also a man of faith, Fontay passed in spring of 2009, of gunshot wounds near riverdale yonkers. Since being laid to rest the family has raised the legacy he established just by living. Fontay's life is a two fold lesson, a ripple effect stemming from his life spreading throughout his whole influence:

1. To never let your living be in vain..
2. To bring more awareness to the climate of our inner cities, and the violence thereof.

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His family and the hash kings movement still carry on his legacy strong..being as tho i know some of his family, it still feel close to home. Peep some clips from fontay's life, the music..the heart, and the legacy..R.I.P. fontay, we'll see you in that day.





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