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Gun Violence is a Racial Justice Issue

“Gun violence alone reduces the life expectancy of Black Americans by four years. And yet, the U.S. largely ignores the external, systemic factors driving inequality and violence in Black neighborhoods.” This resource by Brady explores why upstream, systemic change is needed to bolster community-based solutions to successfully reduce gun violence, and what those changes might look like.

“Black people are not inherently more violent. Sadly, violence is a capacity that all humans share. White men, for instance, commit the majority of mass shootings and when faced with ‘poverty, unemployment, and single-parent households, they are more likely to commit homicide and other violent crimes than Black men confronting a similar set of structural impediments.’ We must instead consider how public policy has made it so that Black people are more likely to face conditions that facilitate gun violence.

Read the entire resource here.

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