Scott Mc Kiernan Presents zReportage.com Story of the Week#781:TUESDAY April 6, 2021:BLACK AMERICA: ARMED AND READY by award winning photographer Youngrae Kim and writer John Keilman from the Chicago Tribune.
zReportage.com Story of the Week #781: TUESDAY April 6, 2021: BLACK AMERICA: ARMED AND READY by award winning photographer Youngrae Kim and writer John Keilman from the Chicago Tribune: Faced with rising crime and social upheaval, more Black Chicagoans are seeking out firearms for their own protection. Grief and rage swept the country after the death of George Floyd under police custody in Minneapolis. His death renewed debate about racialized police violence and the disproportionate killing of Black Americans, who are up to four times likelier than white Americans to be killed by police. While there may be an uptick in Black people owning guns in the United States today for protection, it’s not necessarily a new phenomenon. The majority of gun owners are white men, but in a 2017 survey by the Pew Research Center, 24% of Black people reported owning a gun, compared to 36% of white people. New organizations dedicated to Black gun ownership are emerging, aiming to provide a welcoming environment to newcomers and counter long-standing negative images of Black people with firearms. Welcome to: BLACK AMERICA: ARMED AND READY
Scott Mc Kiernan, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, ZUMA Press