Blacks More Likely to Be Murdered in MO than Any Other State

For the 2nd straight year, Missouri ranked highest in the number of African-American homicides per 100,000 people than any other state in America, according to newly released numbers. Of the 114 homicides in the City of St. Louis last year, 100 of the victims were black.

From the AP:

It is the third time in the last five years that Missouri has topped the annual study by the Violence Policy Center based in Washington, D.C.

The newest version of the study was released Wednesday and uses data from 2009. It does not include statistics from Florida and only utilizes partial data from Illinois, the study’s authors noted.

Missouri’s rate of 34.72 homicides per 100,000 black residents is almost double the national black homicide victim rate of 17.90, according to the study. The national rate for whites is 2.92 homicides per 100,000 people.

If there is any positive news in the report, it’s that Missouri’s nation-leading rate decreased from the year before when it led the country with 39.90 homicides per 100,000 black residents.

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2012/01/25/3392027/missouris-black-homicide-rate.html

This video report comes after last year’s designation…

About Antonio D. French

Antonio French is a St. Louis City alderman representing the 21st Ward. He is also a writer and political consultant. He lives in the O'Fallon neighborhood with his wife, baby and two dogs. You can follow Antonio on Twitter: @AntonioFrench

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