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Just Wondering: Are We Numb to the Body Count?

What will it take to put an end to the violence in this city that continues to destroy the lives of so many young African American men? Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, Council member Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5), Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier, and a host of community activists spent the weekend addressing the spike in violence that left four dead in a matter of hours. Thomas has had seven deaths in his ward in just a few weeks. There have been 18 deaths in April so far.

On Sunday, Lanier and her team spent a big part of the day on conference calls trying to coordinate their efforts to deal with this latest episode. (Police have said that violent crime is even down in the District.)

Thomas, while praising the police for their recent efforts, has been trying to mobilize ministers and other community members to get more involved on the front end of the problem, providing counseling and other support services. He's hosting another community meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, 1100 Michigan Avenue NE.

Honestly: When you hear about the violent death of another young black man, do you dwell on it at all, even for a second? Just what responsibility does the average resident have to do anything about this epidemic?

By Marcia Davis  |  April 28, 2008; 5:23 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety , D.C. Council  
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It's to the point, I don't even pay it any attention. Unless there is high shock value. Something like a victim getting shot 17X will get your attention.

Posted by: Nathan | April 29, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Every time someone is killed I always wait to hear the name hoping it isn't someone I know.

Then, I think, it is someone that someone knows.

No. I will never feel numb. We need to focus on the solution.

The solution: Help one person at a time....

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 29, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

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