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Black Lives Matter?

What if I told you something was the leading cause of death of young black men and that no one was interested in doing anything about it? What if I told you even the black community was largely indifferent. Well that cause of death is homicide, largely cause by gangs in historically black neighborhoods across the country. Why do the news media not cover the funerals of these innocent victims? Why does the Black Lives Matter movement ignore the issue but focus solely on police violence which accounts for a tiny fraction of the deaths. I wish I knew the answer. Written by Paul Dribin

Black Lives Matter

I am all in on this subject. I view it rather expansively, that in addition to police brutality and criminal justice reform, we need to confront all aspects of organized racism in our society. I have direct experience on the housing side, watching the resistance of suburban communities to affordable housing. Zoning laws, land use, building codes all make it overly difficult for people of color to be housed in the suburbs.

In my mind the violence plaguing some of the black community needs to be confronted. In St. Louis a black person is much more likely to be murdered in a street crime than by the police. I wish we had memorials to the innocent victims of these crimes. Black Lives Matter in the broadest sense of the term.

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