Black teens have become murderers at an alarmingly greater rate in the past several years, according to a new study.
The San Francisco Chronicle buried the story, leaving it to the AP to cover. But in according to the Boston Globe, the study showed that murders committed by black males younger than 24 rose by 79 percent in San Francisco from 2000-2001 to 2006-2007.
The Northeastern University study put this as the fifth-highest increase among the 28 cities studied. Some cities showed a decrease, such as New York’s 21 percent decline, and murders overall have declined nationwide.
Blame for the increase depends on who you ask, apparently, with some observers attributing it to a decline in federal funding for urban youth programs, others saying it’s due to the disintegration of black family structure and still others saying it’s because federal money for law enforcement dried up. In any case, it’s a sad and disturbing trend that shouldn’t be ignored. As one person in the Globe’s story put it, even if you think this story is about someone else, all taxpayers are affected by the drain on resources represented by each homicide case.