|Newly naturalized citizens sing "God Bless America"|
Black lives and all lives do matter, and more of them are being preserved. A new study in the American Sociological Review of 131 of the largest US metropolitan areas found the rate of homicides way down, within and across black, Hispanic and White populations.
Changes in the two decades between 1990 and 2010 are only for the best--and show great strides.
*The black-white homicide victimization rate gap decreased by 40%.
*White homicides are down from 4.8 per 100,000 in 1990 to 3.1 in 2010.
*The black homicide rate went down from 33.9 per 100,000 in 1990 to 20.5 in 2010.
*Homicides of Hispanics crashed from 12.4 per 100,000 in 2010 to 6.6 in 2010--a forty-seven percent decrease.
And the new research contradicts certain candidates' claims, by showing that immigrants very rarely perpetrate crimes. "People who decide to come here are not people with strong tendencies toward violent crime," says study co-author Jeffrey T. Ulmer of Penn State University. "They are coming here for educational opportunities, employment opportunities and opportunities to help their families."
We're so lucky to live in the U.S.
A good friend came by, wearing a long face. "What's the matter?" I asked. He was grieving over the murder-by-gunshot of the mayor of his hometown, San Dionisio in El Salvador. He explained that the mayor, elected to his sixth 3-year term, was beloved by all, because he gave building materials, food and assistance to his impoverished constituents. Mayor Julio Torres had gone missing after milking the cows at his dairy farm. A day later, after an intense search, his body was found.
|Julio Torres, beloved mayor of San Dionisio, murdered by gangs|
El Salvador has no rule of law. My friend describes bus drivers, fruit vendors and even children accosted on the street by armed robbers, who murder their victims whether or not they have any money to give. Gangs rule and the government can't contain them.
|"When you sit down, you'll be US Citizens."|
We should not take our homeland for granted. God bless America.