Nebraska Reported To Have Highest Black Homicide Rate In The Nation
While major cities in states with heavy metropolitan areas are usually singled out for their rising crime rates, it turns out that Nebraska actually has the highest African-American homicide rate in the country.
via News One
A report recently released by a Washington organization that researches the effects and toll of gun violence found that Nebraska has the highest Black homicide victimization in the country.
The Violence Policy Center‘s (VPC) annual study, “Black Homicide Victimization in the United States: An Analysis of 2011 Homicide Data,” notes that this trend is a public health crisis in the making.
Released last week by the VPC, the study’s sobering numbers were gathered in the report to highlight the devastating effects gun violence has on Black teens and adults. Using the most-recent data from the Supplementary Homicide Report (SHR) data from the FBI, the VPC report uses both national and local authorities’ numbers from 2011.
In the introduction to the report, it was stated that the SHR data showed that there were 6, 309 Black homicide victims in the United States, with their homicide rate being 17.51 per 100,000. In comparison, the national homicide rate overall was 4.44 percent, with Whites at 2.64 per 100,000.
Nebraska’s alarming homicide rate was an astonishing 34.43 per 100,000 with nine out of 10 victims killed via gun violence. According to these numbers, Nebraska’s rate is nearly double that of the national homicide rate average for Blacks.
This is pretty surprising and just another testament to the fact that we still have much work to do in our efforts to end violence in our communities period.