70% of African-Americans live in America’s inner cities or inner-ring suburbs. Most of the following facts refer to that 70% of African-Americans. These facts are not written to throw stones at our inner city black brothers and sisters, but to show where they are right now.
- The abortion rate for African-American women is five times higher than it is for white women, accounting for 37% of all abortions in America.
- 1 in 3 African-American men can expect to spend time in prison during their lifetimes.
- 70% of juvenile arrests in America are African-American youths.
- One third of all welfare recipients are African-Americans.
- Each year, roughly 7,000 blacks are murdered. Ninety-four percent of the time, the murderer is another black person.
- 72 percent of black babies are born out of wedlock.
- Poverty rate among African-Americans is 36%.
- The homicide rate among males between the ages of 14 and 17 is nearly 10 times higher for blacks than for whites and Hispanics combined.
- The preponderance of school violence in America occurs in big-city schools attended by inner city black students.
- Black education is in a state of shambles for elementary and high schools in most inner cities of America.
Without a doubt, the above facts are discouraging, but here’s the irony of it all:
- Inner city African-Americans are the most devout Christian group in America and the difference is 21 percentage points higher than the next group.
With the exception of the inner cities blacks being devout Christians, these facts are disheartening.
They remind me of the time a little black six-year old black girl named Cici sat on my lap during a church service at the inner city ministry I attended during the 1990s. She looked up at me and asked, “Can I go home with you and live with you?”
I was shocked at her words. “You want to leave your mother and live with me?” I replied.
Cici nodded her head up and down.
I understood her feelings about her home life. Her mom was a drug addict. Her dad was in jail, but numerous men lived with her mom at various times. Her four brothers and sisters ranged in age from two to twelve years old. Not enough money. Not enough love. Not enough personal attention.
I actually prayed about doing what she asked, but my life was a mess, too.
Cici would be thirty-two years old today…if she’s still alive.
“Life does not ask what we want. It presents us with options.” (Thomas Sowell)