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This is a really interesting article from the Huffington Post contributor Rashawn Davis. I posted an excerpt below. What do you guys think about what he is saying? 

In 2010, Dr. John Rich, a renowned academic at Drexel and McCarthur "Genius" awardee told a group of reporters what anyone who has spent time in any American metropolis already knows; that the leading cause of death for black men ages 15 - 24 is homicide. Despite only making up 13% of the entire U.S. population, African Americans accounted for 45% of the 12,253 homicides committed in the U.S. in 2013. 2013 is not an anomaly either, in 2012 African Americans accounted for 50% of 12,765 homicides, and 49% of the 12,644 homicides in 2011. Couple those numbers with the unfortunate fact that most homicides are committed by perpetrators who look like their victims, and it becomes very apparent that there is an entire aspect of #BlackLivesMatters that we aren't talking about, an essential part. There are entire groups of Black and Brown people that this movement isn't reaching, and it is having deadly consequences.

Academics and activists alike will give you a litany of reasons why "Black on Black" crime is so persistent in urban areas like Detroit, Cincinnati, and Camden. Many of those reasons I agree with wholeheartedly. Systemic injustice, generational poverty, and inequitable education have all without a doubt contributed to the state of dystopia too many of our people currently live in. However, the time of rationalization has come and gone. With more than 5,000 African Americans being shot, stabbed, and killed on city streets every year, and places like Baltimore breaking decade-old homicide records with black and brown faces flooded in the obituaries as a result, we must re-prioritize as a movement.

Read the entire article by Rashawn Davis on The Huffington Post