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    Mr. Martin's death is a racial aberration, according to data kept by the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Law-enforcement officials nationwide are battling a far more widespread and intractable problem: the persistent killing of young black men by other young black men.

    Homicide victims usually are killed by people of their own race and ethnicity. The pattern goes back at least a generation.

    Bureau of Justice Statistics data show that from 1976 to 2005, white victims were killed by white defendants 86% of the time and black victims were killed by blacks 94% of the time.

    Then there is the matter of who is dying. Although the U.S. murder rate has been dropping for years, the number of black male victims increased more than 10%, to 5,942 in 2010 from 5,307 in 2000.

    Overall, more than half the nation's homicide victims are African-American, though blacks make up only 13% of the population. Of those black murder victims, 85% were men, mostly young men.

    This killing needs to stop.

    The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government. - Thomas Jefferson

    by ctexrep on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 03:39:03 AM PST

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