Beenetworkglobalnews.com dedicates this section to black and brown youth in the world as a reminder that they are very special and essential to the World and are the innovators of change. We will profile their successes, challenges and possible solutions. Parents and society must be reminded of the value of our youth and why they must be protected, loved and mentored.
In 2014 Pro Publica did an analysis of federally collected data that sounded the alarm about the high rate of black male teen deaths in this country. They found that:
The 1,217 deadly police shootings from 2010 to 2012 captured in the federal data show that blacks, age 15 to 19, were killed at a rate of 31.17 per million, while just 1.47 per million white males in that age range died at the hands of police.
One way of appreciating that stark disparity, Pro Publica’s analysis shows, is to calculate how many more whites over those three years would have had to have been killed for them to have been at equal risk. The number is jarring – 185, more than one per week.
Pro Publica’s risk analysis on young males killed by police certainly seems to support what has been an article of faith in the African American community for decades: Blacks are being killed at disturbing rates when set against the rest of the American population. (Source: Pro Publica)
As a result of this fact we are focused on saving our youth by any means necessary. We call on individuals and communities to come together to find a resolution to an issue which is long overdue.
“To Be Young, Gifted And Black”
Oh what a lovely precious dream
To be young, gifted and black,
Open your heart to what I meanIn the whole world you know
There are billion boys and girls
Who are young, gifted and black,
And that’s a fact!Young, gifted and black
We must begin to tell our young
There’s a world waiting for you
This is a quest that’s just begunWhen you feel really low
Yeah, there’s a great truth you should know
When you’re young, gifted and black
Your soul’s intactYoung, gifted and black
How I long to know the truth
There are times when I look back
And I am haunted by my youthOh but my joy of today
Is that we can all be proud to say
To be young, gifted and black
Is where it’s at