NEW STUDY: Homicide the Leading Cause of Death Among Young African-American Men

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Dr. Charles H. Hennekens describes the death of so many young black men by murder as “a devastating epidemic”.

An article published in the April issue of the American Journal of Medicine titled “The New American Tragedy,” by Dr. Charles H. Hennekens, from Florida Atlantic University, reports that “More young black men die as a result of murder than those killed as a result of suicide, accidents and disease put together.” The study also found that, “In stark contrast, accidents are, far and away, the leading cause of death among young nonblack men and women of all races and ethnicities.” According to the study,

Black men are 6 times more likely to die as the result of and 7 times more likely to commit murder than their white counterparts. One eighth of the population is black, but one half of all homicide victims are black. Their reduced life expectancy of more than 6 years would be improved more from eliminating homicide than abolishing any other causes of death except cardiovascular disease or cancer.

The study cited evidence gathered on the deaths of young men, aged 15-34, from 1999 to 2009. In that time period there were 106,271 homicides, 85% (89,887) of which were men, and of those 49% (52,265) were African-American men. The report also points out that 91% of the homicides of African-American men were the result of firearms. Dr. Hennekens asserts that,

Public health practitioners are charged to identify threats to the health of the community and to bring scientific evidence to the attention of policy makers, even if the threats are lawful and whether or not policy makers choose to act on that evidence. For example, cigarettes are both lawful and popular, but public health support of laws controlling their exposure to the general population has contributed to the reduction of the premature mortality they cause.

As Dr. Hennekens states,  “Death is inevitable, but premature death is not, including among young black men.”

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About Kathryn DeHoyos

Kathryn DeHoyos currently resides on the outskirts of Austin, TX. She has 2 beautiful children, and is very happily un-married to her life partner DJ.

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  1. Tom Brechlin says:

    “More young black men die as a result of murder than those killed as a result of suicide, accidents and disease put together.” The study also found that, “In stark contrast, accidents are, far and away, the leading cause of death among young nonblack men and women of all races and ethnicities.” According to the study,”
    It’s rather amusing (not in a good way) that the statement said “the leading cause of death among young nonblack men AND WOMEN of all races….” When the study was supposedly focused on young black men. Seems that there is always a need to include women even when it’s about men.

    “The report also points out that 91% of the homicides of African-American men were the result of firearms” I wish reports would start to identify that the “firearms” are ILLEGAL firearms.

    Without reading the study itself, I presume that there were no factors included that indicated that the majority of these African-Americans didn’t have an active dad, if ANY dad for that matter, in their lives. I presume there was no mention of the family dynamics that lack in many of these communities?

    The numbers don’t add up …. “85% (89,887) of which were men, and of those 49% (52,265) were African-American men.” Using these numbers it’s more like 58%. Unless the numbers are based on the overall of 106,271 homicides which equates to 49%.

    The stunning numbers isn’t the actual numbers of blacks but how those numbers stack up based on the overall population of blacks.

    I guess if it “takes a village” then the village isn’t doing so good. But then again, in my opinion, it simply takes a mom and DAD.

  2. Come on Katherine- let’s not be PC who was on the other end of the firearms?

  3. Hi Kathryn

    Where is the analyzes?

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