Philadelphia has the highest homicide rate for African-Americans among the nation’s biggest cities, and the risk of being killed there is especially high for blacks under age 18, reports the Christian Science Monitor. Nationally, the murder rate for African-Americans is more than three times the average: 19 black murder victims per 100,000 people versus five for the general population.
In Pennsylvania, the disparity for black homicide is even more pronounced: 30 per 100,000, or six times the national average, according to a study released last month by the Violence Policy Center (VPC), a gun-control research group in Washington. Those numbers are “disproportionate, disturbing, and undeniable,” says the VPC report, which analyzed crime data from 2004 in its study. Moreover, almost 80 percent of black murder victims in the US were shot and killed with guns, the study found.