Killing for nothing

Today’s Washington Post has an interesting article about the trend of young black males in Prince Georges County, Maryland carrying guns illegally. The article goes into detail about the three young men who were murdered by Tron Johnson at the Uno’s Pizzeria this past February 3rd during the Super Bowl. Johnson was carrying a gun.

Most homicide victims in Prince George’s are ages 18 to 24, as well. Of the 1,141 homicides from 1998 to 2007, 90 percent of the victims were black men, officials said, and 75 percent of those were in that age range.

National crime statistics also reflect that young black men are victims and suspects in homicides more than any other demographic group.

And read this nonsense.

In December, Antonio Lonelle McGhee, 20, of the District was convicted of fatally shooting a 24-year-old Capitol Heights man who refused to give him a cigarette while standing in line at a restaurant.

So refusing to give someone a cigarette will get you killed? Incidents like this make you wonder if living in Prince Georges County is worth it. It’s a shame that this is happening in the most affluent predominantly black county in the country.

One response

  1. I think these incidents represent how Americans live in a culture of fear, for we hear about murders like these every day in every city and town around the country. The fact both the victims and the assailants are ‘Black’ is really trivial (although I do share your concerns for crime among Black people who, ostensibly, aren’t poor).

    What I find frustrating with Prince George’s County is the number of ‘Black’ public officials and residents who clearly do not understand (or perhaps disregard) the risks of allowing wealth and poverty to coagulate in exclusive pockets.

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