Black residents of Chicago are more likely to be killed compared to other races and in recent years it has been happening more frequently, according to a report released this week.
The majority of homicide victims in Chicago are young black men, according to report by the Injury Prevention and Research Centre at the Lurie Children’s Hospital. There was a 21 percent increase in Black homicides from the years 2005 to 2015.
The overall homicide rate in Chicago also increases over that decade. In 2005, the murder rate was 17.3 per 100,000 people, while in 2015 the rate had increased to 18.8. The situation is much worse for the city's Black population: In 2005, 36.1 homicides took place per 100,000 Black people; by 2015, the rate grew to 46.5 homicides per 100,000.
Latinos were also disproportionately hurt, the murder rate for that population increasing by 7.6 over the same decade. For whites, however, the homicide rate actually went down from 4.4 per 100,000 to 2.7 over the same period of time.
The disproportionate homicide rates affecting Black and Latino citizens are alarming, and the situation appears even more shocking when one throws in institutionalized police racism and impunity for state killers. Non-whites are again disproportionately fatally shot by police and in recent cases, like the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, were shot without posing any threat to police.
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The report found that around 90 percent of homicides between 2005 and 2010 were committed with firearms. “If we truly want to prevent firearm injuries and death, we will treat this like the public health crisis it is and and invest in understanding and addressing this epidemic,” Karen Sheehan, medical director of the Injury Prevention and Research Center, told the Chicago Tribune.