In the same manner African Americans marched for Trayvon Martin, the time has come to march against homicide, HIV/AIDS, and having children out of wedlock.
For the first time in decades thousands of African Americans across the country marched for justice for Trayvon Martin. Rallies were held throughout Florida, Georgia, Washington D.C., Chicago, and New York. The rallies were a huge success; they kept the attention on the Trayvon Martin case and eventually led to George Zimmerman’s arrest. Unfortunately, after Zimmerman’s arrest the marches subsided, but they are plenty of other issues that should have African Americans marching in the streets.
The leading cause of death for African American males between the ages of 15 and 34 is homicide. The Bureau of Justice Statistics found the following:
- Black males 18-24 years old had the highest homicide victimization rates. Their rates were more than double the rates for black males age 25 and older and almost 4 times the rates for black males 14-17 years old.
- Although much lower than the rates experienced in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, rates for black males ages 18-24 remain high
- After increases in the early 1990’s, both white and black 14-17 year old males experienced homicide victimization rates in 2005 that were about the same as those of the early 1970’s.
Let’s march to stop homicides!
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found the following regarding HIV/AIDS:
- In 2009, black men accounted for 70% of the estimated new HIV infections among all blacks. The estimated rate of new HIV infection for black men was more than six and a half times as high as that of white men, and two and a half times as high as that of Latino men or black women.
- In 2009, black men who have sex with men (MSM)1 represented an estimated 73% of new infections among all black men, and 37% among all MSM. More new HIV infections occurred among young black MSM (aged 13–29) than any other age and racial group of MSM. In addition, new HIV infections among young black MSM increased by 48% from 2006–2009.
- In 2009, black women accounted for 30% of the estimated new HIV infections among all blacks. Most (85%) black women with HIV acquired HIV through heterosexual sex. The estimated rate of new HIV infections for black women was more than 15 times as high as the rate for white women, and more than three times as high as that of Latina women.
- At some point in their lifetimes, an estimated 1 in 16 black men and 1 in 32 black women will be diagnosed with HIV infection.
Let’s march to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS in our community!
In a recent Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development report, one in four children in the United States is being raised by a single parent.72% of African American Children are born to unwed mothers. According to Children-our investment.org, homes without fathers ultimately affect children in numerous tragic ways:
- 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes
- 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes
- 85% of all children who show behavior disorders come from fatherless homes
- 80% of rapists with anger problems come from fatherless homes
- 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes
- 75% of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes
- 85% of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes.
Let’s march to stop fatherless homes!
The Trayvon Martin case showed us that if we bring our attention to an important problem we can solve it. Zimmerman is awaiting trial, but we should not wait, nor should we stop marching until we bring an end to homicide being the leading cause of death for black males between the ages of 15 and 34, end the 1 in 16 black men and 1 in 32 black women being diagnosed with HIV, and end the 72% of African American children being born to unwed mothers.