I once had a conversation with my friend Dr. Walter Williams of George Mason University over 20 years ago, about the black race becoming extinct. He said, "Ed, the bars on your windows and doors of your home are not to keep the white man out but to keep black man out." He was right, of course. Black-on-black crime and abortion are contributing to the demise of the black population in our country. Some have called it the black genocide.
You might even say that we are committing suicide as an entire people.
Kelvin Martin, a member of the African- American Leadership Network's Project 21, has said, "Since 1973, an estimated 13 million black children have been aborted." Susan W. Enoven of LifeNews.com says, "Black women are three times more likely to obtain an abortion than white women." At one time in our country, the black population was about 16 to 17 percent of the population. Now, it's down to 13 percent. One of the sad statistics that has been reported is approximately 33 percent of black women abort their babies. It seems Dr. Williams was onto something. Are we really facing extinction? You have to wonder.
Black-on-black crime in our major cities is rampant. Detroit, for example, was once a great city with a population of close to 2 million. Now, it stands at around 700,000. Black-on-black crime alone, of course, is hardly responsible for the slow, agonizing death of Detroit, which has experienced a complete economic collapse. But it has played a distinct and notorious role is the decline of a city that has been so closely identified with the black American experience. Black-on-black crime there is at an all-time high, and alongside that, the city is broke. Black unemployment is at an alarming 37 percent among black males from 19 to 34 years of age. And perhaps it is also worth noting Detroit has not had a Republican mayor since 1957.
Detroit was once one of the wealthiest cities in the country, with a high median income, and now it ranks 66th in our nation. It is a city with poor public schools and high dropout rates. Meanwhile, black people continue to decimate their own, victimizing one another through crime and abortion.
Where are the black leaders in all of this? I have not heard of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton staging rallies to stop the black-on-black crimes.
The present mayor, Dave Bing, who is black and has decided not to run for another term, stated, "We have just lost respect for each other; we've lost respect for life." It seems we are consumed over what happened to Trayvon Martin when we should be outraged over the genocide of black-on-black crime in our neighborhoods.
How is it possible that thousands of blacks are killed in our neighborhoods and no one including our president seems to care? The killings in our neighborhoods need to stop.
The city of Philadelphia, also known as the city of brotherly love, in the last 10 years has experienced over 3,700 homicides. More than 2,600 of them reportedly were black males. Where is the anger? Black genocide taking place in our communities didn't happen overnight. It has been happening for decades.
Growing up in Mississippi in the 1940s and 1950s white men killed black men and raped black women. Nowadays, it is blacks who are raping our women and killing one another. How sad it is to go from the Martin tragedy that is now widely condemned to another tragedy that is widely ignored.
As my friend Dr. Williams told me years ago, "Ed, we are becoming extinct as a race." And to think it is by our own hand.
Ed Jones is a former state senator, El Paso County commissioner and a longtime Republican activist in Colorado Springs. Learn more about him at www.theedjones.com.