In a report released by the Violence Policy Center, Indiana has been ranked third in the nation for Black homicide rates in 2020.
According to the report, a staggering 90% of these homicides were committed using guns. The data highlights a disturbing trend that is not only shocking but also deeply hurtful to the communities affected.
James Wilson, CEO of Circle Up Indy, expressed his disappointment, saying that the data was not surprising, given the socioeconomic trauma that many people have experienced.
Wilson believes that this trauma has contributed to the normalization of violence in the communities and has had a profound impact on how people behave and interact with their environment.
The report highlights that 26 Black Americans die each day from homicide in the US, even though they only make up 14% of the population. The issue is not only confined to Indiana but is a nationwide problem.
State Representative Mitch Gore recognizes the importance of investing in resources that can help to uplift communities that are struggling. Gore believes that everyone deserves access to quality education and affordable housing.
For Wilson, the solution is to invest in an ecosystem that generates wealth and opportunities for all. He advocates for the creation of affordable housing using 3D printing technology, which will help those in need to find work and build stable lives. This approach, according to Wilson, will require a collective effort from legislators and community members alike.
While Missouri and Wisconsin were ranked ahead of Indiana for Black homicides, it is clear that urgent action is needed to address this issue at a national level.