A necessary racial discussion

There is one specific racial issue the two mayors want the Congress and all America to talk about honestly: The high rate of young black men killing young black men in America.

Nutter said homicide is the top cause of death for black men ages16-34, and 80 percent of the people arrested for homicide are black men.

He added that 435 Americans are killed every 15 days in the U.S., the exact same number of people in Congress. The people killed and the killers are mostly black males. Landrieu added that since 1980 over 600,000 people have been killed on the streets of America and that is “more than all the Americans killed in every war in the 20th Century.”

“If the Ku Klux Klan killed 200 black men in the city of Philadelphia, I can assure you that we would be on lockdown,” said Nutter, “Every federal agency known to mankind would be up there trying to figure out what is going on. But 200 black men were killed in Philadelphia last year.”

Landrieu added that if black men were killing “white boys” there would be outrage and a quick response.