There are approximately 1.5 million black men missing from everyday life nationwide primarily due to early deaths and prison, according to a New York Times report.
Some 45,000 black men are reportedly missing in the city of Chicago alone. New York City is missing 120,000 black men.
This staggering statistic affects black males ages 25 to 54 and means more than one out of every six black men have disappeared from daily life.
Justin Wolfers, David Leonhardt and Kevin Quealy of the NYTimes attribute their findings to a census report. The report shows that black women who are 25 to 54 and not in jail outnumber black men in that category by 1.5 million. For every 100 black women in this age group living outside of jail, there are only 83 black men. It’s a different story for whites. For every 100 white women, there are 99 white men available.
This leaves many black communities without enough men to be fathers and husbands ultimately negatively affecting future generations of young boys.
Of the 1.5 million missing black, 600,000 – roughly 1 in 12 – are incarcerated.
Black males are six times more likely to be incarcerated than white males despite African Americans only accounting for 13 percent of the nation’s population. One of the reasons for this alarming rate is drug-related offenses. Black males make up 50 percent of people incarcerated for drug crimes in state and local prisons at a rate 10 times more than whites.
If incarceration doesn’t claim African American men, murder does. Homicide is the leading cause of death of young black men, especially in Chicago.
African American males are more likely to be shot in the City of Chicago, stats reveal. Andrew Papachristos, one of the Yale University researchers behind the study “Tragic, but not random: The Social Contagion of Nonfatal of Gunshot Injuries,” explores how much of a factor race is in becoming a victim of gun violence in the Windy City.
Statistics show a huge racial disparity in the rates of nonfatal gunshot injury: Overall, it was 46.6 per 100,000 people from 2006 to 2012. For every 100,000 people, 1.62 Whites, 28.72 Hispanics and 112.83 Blacks became victims of nonfatal shootings every year in Chicago over the six-year study period.
But the statistics involving African American males are much more grim.
For all males, it’s 44.68 per 100,000. For every 100,000 people, 239.77 black males become victims of nonfatal shootings. The number is much more startling in the 18-36 age range: 599.65 per 100,000 people. This means one in 200 people in the 18-36 age demographic are more likely to become victims of nonfatal gunshot injury.
Chicago, nicknamed Chiraq for its high rate of violence, led the nation in homicides in 2014. DNAinfo reports the Windy City closed the year with 425 homicide victims. The city recorded 421 homicide victims in 2013. There was also an increase in shooting victims. Chicago Tribune reports there were 2,599 shooting victims recorded in 2014 compared to 2,272 in 2013, a 14 percent increase.
Chicago has been under the national spotlight after ranking number one in the number of homicides recorded in 2012, according to a report released by the FBI.
There were 506 murder victims in the Windy City in 2012.
Chicago has long recorded devastating numbers over the past two decades.
Chicago recorded its highest peak of homicides in 1992 with 943 murders, according to statistics compiled by the Chicago Police Department.
Since 1991, there have been over 15,000 murders in Chicago to date.
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