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White Men Are the Most Murdered People in America

White Men Are the Most Murdered People in America

 

Every night local news stations across the country broadcast stories about Black-on-Black crime — handgun murders, which usually have been committed by young Black men against other young Black men. 

The truth is, however, that less than twenty percent of the handgun deaths in America are the result of Black men murdering other Black men, and the majority of those deaths — murders — happen in low income, poverty stricken communities.

Translation: If you’re a young Black man involved in crime, or simply living in the hood, there’s a big chance that you might get blown away. 

What about police killing Blacks? Those killings make up less than three percent of annual handgun deaths, a small number that still needs to be lowered.

So who is killing whom?

 All images captured by  kwesi abbensetts

All images captured by kwesi abbensetts

Simple. White men are killing other White men. Themselves.

Almost half of the handgun deaths in America — around 47% — are the result of White men committing suicide. And it’s not because of teenage angst or senior dementia. The attempts peak at 40 and slowly decline until the age of 65. In fact, half occur between the ages of 35 to 64, and are concentrated in the Deep South and Northern Midwest. 73% of Black-on-Black male crime, gun murder, happens between the ages of 15 to 34, and is primarily centralized in 127 cities.

So while a 40-year-old Black man on the South Side of Chicago might be happy to be still alive at 40, a White man in Charlotte, North Carolina, may be wondering how it all went wrong. 

Because the stereotypes aren’t actually real. For Black men — people of color in general — this means constantly fighting a battle internally and externally to simply to be seen, to shatter the mirrors of hard, distorted glass that so often surrounds them. It’s a constant struggle to be understood by others, defined as an individual, which often leads to, if not a deeper understanding of themselves, at least a deeper appreciation of the oppression that America bestowed upon them as a birthright and, far too often, a legacy.

For White men, the opposite must often occur. With each passing day, the realization that their whiteness does not make them supreme must become more and more evident. A woman outperforms them in a math class. An Indian person beats them out of a promotion. A Black man becomes President.

Plus, the changing world economy — factories moving overseas, the false perception of Mexicans and other foreigners “taking jobs” — have made The American Dream, the fundamental measurement of success in this country, virtually unattainable without the help of a working spouse. So in the prime of his life, he must come to terms with the fact that not only can he not leap tall buildings in a single bound, but he also can’t bring home the bacon without the help of his wife.

 all images captured by  kwesi abbensetts

all images captured by kwesi abbensetts

It can even be argued that racism has hurt and damaged White men most of all in America.

Because White Supremacy needs White men most of all to thrive and survive. It depends on them perpetuating and enforcing rules, laws, and perceptions that allow them to feel like kings when in reality they’re only pawns in a game of world domination built on their backs.

What happens when the scales are removed from their eyes? What happens when they realize that they aren’t owners, but simple overseers, and many times slaves on the Western world’s socio-economic-political military industrial complex plantation? What happens when they realize that they’re just as human as everybody else when everybody else thinks that they have every advantage in the world?

It must be isolating when you have no one to turn to. It must make it tempting to turn on yourself. It’s a feeling that we all can relate to. Is it fair? No.

Ironic.

 
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