if you are white, you are far more likely to commit suicide by gun then to be shot by someone else. if you are black the numbers are almost exactly the opposite.
If true this suggests that by focusing on suicides we are going to again be ignore the plight of blacks in this country, and i kind of get that.
In my 3rd article, I cover some of this when we break down homicide by demographic:
The Gun Homicide Epidemic Isn’t
Or, “How lying about reality doesn’t engender cross-cultural cooperation.”
It’s my impression, although I haven’t plugged the numbers this AM, that the reason gun deaths rate by white men is largely suicide, and gun death rate by black men is largely homicide, goes purely back to the relative homicide rates in each.
I would need to dig up the relative suicide rates of each to be sure, which I will admit I haven’t done, but the relative homicide rates between black and white men is staggering. It’s off the charts. So even if suicide rates were the same across both demographics, the ratios would be wildly out of balance due to the homicide rate differential.
So the real question, is why homicide rates are so high among black men. I’m not sure I have a “smoking gun” answer on this, but I believe it to be fundamentally connected in some way to this:
Extensive Data Shows Punishing Reach of Racism for Black Boys
Black boys raised in America, even in the wealthiest families and living in some of the most well-to-do neighborhoods…
I’m not completely convinced it’s purely an issue of racism, because I would expect that black women are the recipients of racism at a relatively equal rate to black men. But I don’t discount racism as a possibility. I need to dig at this more before I form a full opinion on the topic.