In 75% Black Birmingham, Alabama, High Levels of Black Gun Violence Force City Leaders to Declare a Public Health Crisis | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

In 75% Black Birmingham, Alabama, High Levels of Black Gun Violence Force City Leaders to Declare a Public Health Crisis

So what’s life like in 75 percent black Birmingham, Alabama, roughly 56 years after the civil rights movement started wresting racial control of the city from whites to blacks?

[Birmingham declares gun violence public health crisis; city launches new ways to fight back, Birmingham News, 2-28-19]:

The City of Birmingham on Thursday announced an anti-gun violence campaign and declared gun violence a public health crisis for the city and Jefferson County.

Mothers and loved ones of those killed from gun violence in Birmingham stood with Mayor Randall Woodfin and the city council, all of them wearing black T-shirts that read “Increase Peace.”

“When I was asked to be part of this, it touched my heart. Being a mother who lost a child to gun violence in this city, it’s devastating,” said Carolyn Johnson. Johnson’s son, Rodreckus, was fatally shot at a party in November 2003.

“My son was going to a party and I expected him to come back home. But a bullet has no name on it. It’s going to take all of us banding together to tackle this thing that’s plaguing our communities. It was my house. It could be your house next.”

Johnson, along with several other women, will be featured in a series of video public service announcements from the city about the campaign.

Gun violence: a public health crisis

Dr. Mark Wilson, Health Officer for the Jefferson County Department of Health, declared gun violence a public health crisis in Jefferson County and vowed to help the city in its efforts.

Wilson cited statistics showing 90 percent of all Birmingham homicides involve guns; 86 percent of those victims are black.

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