The state with the highest black murder rate will surprise you


A report released by a Washington organization that researches the effects and toll of gun violence found that Nebraska has the highest black homicide rate in the country.

The Violence Policy Center‘s (VPC) annual study, “Black Homicide Victimization in the United States: An Analysis of 2011 Homicide Data,” notes that this trend is a public health crisis in the making.

The study’s sobering numbers were gathered in the report to highlight the devastating effects gun violence has on black teens and adults. Using the most-recent data from the Supplementary Homicide Report (SHR) data from the FBI, the VPC report uses both national and local authorities’ numbers from 2011.

The study stated that the SHR data showed that there were 6, 309 black homicide victims in the United States, with their homicide rate being 17.51 per 100,000. In comparison, the national homicide rate overall was 4.44 percent, with Whites at 2.64 per 100,000.

Nebraska’s alarming homicide rate was an astonishing 34.43 per 100,000 with nine out of 10 victims killed via gun violence. According to these numbers, Nebraska’s rate is nearly double that of the national homicide rate average for blacks.

Here is the rest of the top ten states with the highest black murder rates in the country: 

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