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New study shows 1.5 million black men are missing in US

21 April 2015 13:14


Some 1.5 million African American men are missing in the United States, according to an analysis of the country’s 2010 census.

The New York Times made the announcement in a Monday report, noting the black men disappeared “largely because of early deaths or because they are behind bars”.

In other words, more than one out of six black men who should be between the ages of 25 and 54 today are missing from everyday life.

The number of those missing is commensurate to almost 120,000 in New York, 45,000 in Chicago, 30,000 in Philadelphia and hundreds of thousands more elsewhere in the country.

“The numbers are staggering,” said Becky Pettit, a professor of sociology at the University of Texas.

Interestingly, the single largest proportion of missing black men belongs to Ferguson, Missouri, with at least 10,000 black residents.

Ferguson became a scene of protests against police brutality and racial profiling against the African American community following the shooting death of Michael Brown.

The 18-year-old was shot to death in August 2014 by former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson who later walked free.

The US has recently been confronted with a series of images of police brutality, where unarmed black men have died after encounters with police.

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