Murder in Black Communities: Is America Desensitized?

Slain Bronx teen Alphonza Bryant III (Bryant family photos)
Slain Bronx teen Alphonza Bryant III (Bryant family photos)

Would we care more if victims of violence were white? News One's Tamika Mallory explores the recurring question while reflecting on the recent murder of a Bronx, N.Y., teen, determining that the nation has become desensitized to murder in black communities.

On Saturday, April 27th, I attended the funeral of 17-year-old Alphonza Bryant III who was gunned down on April 22nd in a case of mistaken identity, according to reports.  Alphonza’s promising young life was viciously taken just a few blocks from his home. Hundreds of kids, probably 500 or so, came to his funeral that day; they cried, laughed, joked around, and then I watched them dust off and walk away, back to their normal lives. I watched in amazement as these young people appeared to be so desensitized to the shootings and killings.

How can we let something like death, the end of life, become so regular and so normal to these kids? What are we doing? 

Why isn’t there enough attention being paid to the deaths of young Blacks and Latinos? In Newtown and Aurora there was a sense of urgency as there still is today. And there should be!

But what about our youth and our communities?

Read Tamika Mallory's entire blog entry at News One.

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