Blacks in the United States are disproportionately affected by homicide. For the


Blacks in the United States are disproportionately affected by homicide. For the year 2014, blacks represented 13% of the nation’s population, yet accounted for 50% of all homicide victims. Missouri has the highest black homicide victimization rate in the nation with a rate of 34.98 per 100,000, which is more than double the national black homicide victimization rate and more than eight times the overall homicide rate nationwide, according to a new analysis by the Violence Policy Center (VPC).
A summary of the study can be found in our library. ( See attachment 1)
Missouri ranks #1 for black homicide victimization. (2017, Mar 28). Targeted News Service.
The full study is available at http://www.vpc.org/studies/blackhomicide17.pdf. ( see attachment 2)
Read the VPC study and review more data on black homicide victimization in the United States. Compare the victimization rate in Missouri with the state where you reside. Discuss what policymakers can do to reduce homicides in the black community.


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