“I felt a sense of urgency 30 years ago as a Newsweek reporter when I returned to the Chicago housing project where I grew up to write about my childhood friends. I wanted to explain through their lives what it was like to grow up black and poor and male in the United States. I wanted to explain why black men were then six times as likely as white men to be murder victims, 2½ times as likely to be unemployed and why overall black men finished last in practically every socioeconomic measure, from infant mortality to life expectancy. Today I find myself still reading stories about black males under siege and trying to write about why everyone, not just some of us, needs to pay attention. President Obama’s initiative My Brother’s Keeper will not be enough. For a large segment of black men in inner cities little has changed, and black men everywhere still bear the burden of too often being dehumanized and categorized as more violent, more dangerous, more deviant and less valued than their white counterparts.”

Source: Sylvester Monroe. “I’ve Been Reporting On Race For 40 Years. Can We Ever Fix What’s Broken?” The Washington Post. October , 2016. https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/ive-been-reporting-on-race-for-40-years-can-we-ever-fix-whats-broken/2016/10/19/f49e9d2e-867d-11e6-a3ef-f35afb41797f_story.html.

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