The Death of Pimp C Brings Up The Issue of Homicide in Black Men

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Homicide and the review of black young men's homicide is in the attention of the national health medica as Pimp C of UGK Chad Butler is found dead in a hotel and the police is treating Pimp C's death as Homicide.

According to CDC Homicide is currently the leading cause of death for young black males (15-24 years old) in the United States and Pim C's death brings up the issue again for a national review.

World Health Organization Bulletin says "Homicide among adolescents in the Americas: a growing epidemic"

Robert Kohn publishing his article in the same place writes that registered homicide rates for Colombia, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States, and Venezuela among males aged 15-24 are increasing. In the last ten years the rate has doubled among adolescents in these countries; similar increases are occurring in Brazil.

He continues that "the high rate of adolescent homicide is only a sample of the larger problem of violence in the region. The need is clear: violence is the fourth leading cause of the global burden of disease among males aged 15-44. In May 1996, WHO's Member States passed a resolution declaring violence a worldwide public health problem, and advocated a science-based public health approach to violence prevention. Focusing on youth homicide, however, has an advantage in providing a measure that is identifiable, is less likely to be affected by reporting bias, and provides an outcome by which the impact of intervention strategies for lessening violence can be measured. Furthermore, societies are more sensitive to this issue."

Homicide facts from CDC


Homicide is currently the leading cause of death for young black males (15-24 years old) in the United States. In 1982, the homicide rate for this group was 72.0/100,000 population, almost six times that for white males in the same age group (13.1/100,000). Although the rate for young black males has fluctuated from 1970 through 1982, there has been an overall decrease of 33.5%. During the same 13-year period, homicide rates for young white males increased from 9.9/100,000 in 1970 to 13.1/100,000 in 1982.

The decline in the homicide rate has been more pronounced for young adult black males (20-24 years old) than for adolescent black males (15-19 years old). However, young adult black males maintained a number and rate of homicide over twice that of adolescent black males.

Homicide rates for young black males were consistently highest in the north-central states and lowest in the western states. The 13-year national decline in rates for young black males was not equally evident among geographic regions: rates declined more steeply in the south and northeast, with little decline in the west. Therefore, differences between these regions were smaller in 1980 than in 1970.

In 1980, the homicide rate for young black males living within Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas (SMSAs) was over twice that for young black males residing outside SMSAs (95.8/100,000, compared with 40.8/100,000). The rate for young white males within SMSAs was slightly less than twice that for young white males residing outside SMSAs (18.3/100,000, compared with 10.1/100,000).

Most homicides among young black males were committed with guns (71.1% of all weapons for 1976-1982); of those homicides committed with guns, 76.2% involved handguns. Cutting or piercing instruments were the second most frequently used weapon (20.2%). Among young white males, 67.0% of homicides were committed using guns, and 23.4%, using cutting or piercing instruments.

In 1982, most young black male homicide victims were killed during or after arguments or other nonfelony circumstances (65.4%). A small proportion of homicides occurred in connection with documented criminal events, such as robberies or drug trafficking (11.2%). Homicide patterns were similar for white males: 62.9% were associated with arguments or other nonfelony circumstances, and 15.7%, with documented criminal events.

Most young black male homicide victims were killed by persons known to them, usually acquaintances but not family members. From 1976 to 1982, 46.2% were killed by acquaintances; 19.9%, by strangers; and 7.7%, by family members.