This culture of violence is tearing us apart

spike mossOnce again the African American is being told he is not human…during the recent acts of murder of 20 innocent children and eight adults in the state of Connecticut.

All of a sudden the White majority is outraged because they see themselves as the only human beings. However, we have lost lives across this nation in record numbers — in the city of Chicago, 584 to date this year, with over 1,800 shootings. Over the years in that same city they’ve murdered thousands of human beings.

I’ve personally learned through my travels going back and forth across this country that we’ve lost thousands in every major city. We lose on average 32 adults and eight children on the hour every hour daily.

We’ve constantly asked, begged even, for gun control and sanctions. Part of the reason we can’t get it is because our representatives in Washington, D.C. won’t do their job by standing up to the NRA and the politicians not keeping their promise to protect the American who cares about the crime and violence on America’s streets.

White media is reporting that they don’t understand how this could happen in their lily-White communities when in fact they’re the most violent recorded “human being,” a fact well documented in the history of the world. Even your child is at risk by watching most cartoons — 80 to 90 percent of them project violence of some kind.


 [In Minnesota] the African American is 5.4 percent

and the White is 85.3 percent [of the population].

Yet in our prison system…the African American

makes up 35.5 percent and the White 53 percent.


Maybe 60-70 percent of video games are extremely violent with men running around with bulletproof vests, dressed in all black, carrying/firing all types of weapons of war, hand grenades, M16s, AKs, rocket launchers and semi-automatic pistols. These videos show too much mayhem and murder. It desensitizes our children to violence against other human beings, not to speak of the violence on television and in movies, comics, sports and every other part of our society.

But for the African American, at the top of our problems is generational poverty. It creates a hopelessness among the majority of the people in our community across the nation. Let us take a moment to speak about the consequences of this behavior that is caused by poverty and the violent nature of the nation.

In Minnesota as of January 1, 2012 a report from the MN Corrections Dept., “Adult Inmate Profile Prison Population”:

Faribault has 2,011 prisoners (Whites 1,109 — 55 percent; Blacks 714 — 36 percent).

Lino Lakes has 1,323 prisoners (Whites 794 — 60 percent; Blacks 405 — 31 percent).

Oak Park Heights has 434 prisoners (Whites 189 — 44 percent; Blacks 193 — 44 percent).

Rush City has 988 prisoners (Whites 456 — 46 percent; Blacks 397 — 40 percent).

St. Cloud has 1,033 prisoners (Whites 598 — 58 percent; Blacks 335 — 32 percent).

Women Facility Shakopee has 642 prisoners (Whites 393 — 61 percent; Blacks 125 — 19 percent).

Stillwater has 1,396 prisoners (Whites 714 — 44 percent; Blacks 682 — 42 percent).

Moose Lake has 1,049 prisoners (Whites 614 — 59 percent; Blacks 348 — 33 percent).

In Minneapolis we average 57-59 human beings we murder and over 200 shootings every year. In the entire state of Minnesota, the population is 5,344,861; the African American is 5.4 percent and the White is 85.3 percent. Yet in our prison system, where the total population is 9,345, the African American makes up 35.5 percent and the White 53 percent. What kind of noticeable disparity is this?

In our neighboring state of Illinois, the City of Chicago stated as of October 29, 2012 they had tallied 488 homicides. Today, two months later, they have reported the total has increased to 584 homicides with a total of 1,800 shootings.

It is stated in the same article in the Chicago Times that Chicago is the murder capital of America. It has seen a 50-percent increase in violence this past year alone. They go on to say that drugs have become rampant and guns are everywhere in the hands of criminals while law-abiding citizens are banned from defending themselves.

If you want to know how this relates to us, it’s as simple as the I-94 — you know, that highway that runs east and west between the two states. Whatever goes on in Chicago is destined to hit Minneapolis.

In closing, remember I love my Black people. I love when we’re up, I love when we’re down. I may not love all that we do…but I love my Black people. Look for me to have more Real Talk with you again real soon. May you have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


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One Comment on “This culture of violence is tearing us apart”

  1. Hello i am a 46 year old man who is originally from chicago cabrini green housing projects from the early 70’s to 1990,iv’e seen alot been through hell and back again but i never shot anyone or took another persons life and never been locked up.In cabrini i started skating when i was 10 and never stopped that was my outlet the more pain i went through the more i roller skated,i was baptized at 12 greater little rock baptist church and wow did it pay off 35 years later i stared my own business in Minnesota black skate llc i am a skate instructor who also does youth and adults programs my long team goal is to get my own building so people can have a place to go to release stress and exercise.I read a lot of self help books on many different levels which helped my traumatizing state of mind from my past enviornemnt now i am mentally stable and iv’e been giving back to the community for 11 years changing lives through roller skating. My life was spared for a reason and i want to continue helping people that’s looking to change their lives. I love all people that’s what life taught me.I am also still a janitor at Hopkins school district 270 making a difference just filed a grievance on the racism that i am going through because i’m sell your soul for money and not speak up on hate is one the worst things that a black person could do. As a black man i go to work and get and then i go home to the north side and have to watch out as well but that still doesn’t stop me from ful-filing my dream. rember do all you can while your living because when you pass away that’s it,so follow your dream so you can have more dreams.cabrini green was tough anything outside of cabrini is easy.

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