hbcu gun control

Since the December 4th shooting massacre in Newtown, Conn., there has been much debate about gun laws in America and advocates on both sides of the issue have had difficulty implementing a comprehensive plan to curb gun violence.

In a recent article by Jarrett L. Carter, the founding editor of HBCUDigest.com, he advises the nation to take its cues from Historically Black College and Universities, institutions that he describes as the “best equipped to offer more than condolences and passing reaction to gun violence.”

“While the nation seeks to peel back the layers on its latest unspeakable act of murder,” he wrote, “it is HBCU presidents and chancellors who should lead the discussion on how poverty, public health, racism, and broken education systems translate into an empowered culture of gun violence.”

The Presidents of Morehouse, Dillard and Morgan State University are among HBCU leaders who have signed the College Presidents for Gun Safety list. “They are signors on a plan that calls for stricter legislation on gun purchasing loopholes and firearms in classrooms, a ban on semi-automatic weapons, and new oversight on gun access and manufacturing,” Carter wrote.

While tragedies in communities like Newtown, Tucson and Blacksburg have brought gun violence to the national stage, Carter detailed how HBCUs have worked in the trenches for years to bring awareness to the social elements that cause this type of violence.

“HBCUs have dedicated curriculum and sponsored research for entrepreneurial development, secondary educational reform, domestic violence reduction, gang intervention and serving under-represented populations in mental and public health access,” he wrote. “Black college have long been the unseen, unheard advocacy institutions working to end the same blight in predominantly black metropolitan areas for generations.”

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  • I got sense!

    I think HBCUs should focus all their efforts on improving the lives of black people and not on the entire US population. From what i read it seems like they are trying to say, ” See! We were already doing this”. But the gun violence in the black community is extremely different than the mass public shootings that white middle class males are committing. I see black organizations and institutions ( as well as individulas) support the endeavors of white people but we don’t get the same support. Like jada pinkett smith is really into ending human trafficking and child exploitation but we cant even get an Amber alert when a black child goes missing. A white child or adult goes missing and the entire country knows about it (y’all remember balloon boy?) The media is covering it all day everyday and within a 48hr span most people know the childs name, have seen a picture, and know where the family lives. There are so many black children and adults that go missing and the media won’t even pick up the story even if the family is affluent. Elizabeth Smart is STILL being interviewed about her abduction.

    I think we need to take a cue from some other cultures and really focus on issues that the black community is struggling with and let white people figure out how to prevent the next white male from committing another mass murder.

    • leelah

      But both issues that you mentioned are huge problems in the black community. Have you ever heard the saying when white people get a cold, black people get the flu? –It means that social ills that effect white people devastate the black community. Unfortunately political action on these subjects only happen when white lawmakers get on board. Gun control, the first quote states that all these problems that plague the black community combine to make a positive gun culture. Now that gun violence is killing white children then hopefully we can build a nation wide anti-gun movement. Instead of just hitting our heads against that gun violence is just part of black people’s nature so we don’t need to worry about guns. Also your comment about human trafficking and Jada. When we think about human trafficking we think of russian or asian women being shipped here in shipping crates by the mob. But street gangs are turning to prostitution and they are using little black girls. The average age for entering into prostitution in this country is 12. Human trafficking is not a white people problem and tougher laws will benefit black women as well as all women.–I think its important to care about all social issues despite whether or not its seen as black issue.

  • Billy Paul

    Given HBCUs abysmal track record for adequately addressing the needs of the Colored community, I am neither surprised at their nor their wayward act-alikes continued assimilationist orientation. The community is plagued by killer cops and drug-dealers and their response is to disarm?

    @ leelah, your statement that “its important to care about all social issues despite whether or not its seen as black issue”, although commendable, is somewhat problematic for the following reasons:
    – the Colored community does not have enough resources to address all social issues;
    – other groups put their group issues first, which (under your guise) leaves the “black” issues receiving less attention/focus compared to those issues deemed “non-black”;
    – you assume that non-Coloreds have a vested interest in addressing our issues and are not receiving some monetary gain from said issues; and
    – the world is no utopia nor will it ever be, hence, the job of the Colored community should not be to waste resources on such a goal, but to use ALL of our resources to obtain economic freedom, which may require the use of firearms.

    Be not mislead, we both want the same thing (Colored people to survive and prosper) and are currently merely having a tactical disagreement.

    Carry on, Family.

    Oh yeah, thanks to all for vindicating my thoughts on the definition of family and marriage (see BP comments on Shawty Lo post) in the article on Kimye’s baby (see comments section). Only when there is an agreement on a term’s definition can there be constructive dialogue using those terms. Unfortunately, most discussions bypass the definitional stage, which leads to confusion and frustration as terms are used with differing definitions by each proponent.

    • leelah

      I’m saying our issues and their issues are one in the same. She specifically talked about two issues. gun violence and human trafficking. We would like to think those two issues don’t affect us but they do. Here in seattle black gang members are being prosecuted under laws that were designed to stop human trafficking. Another thing, the aids epidemic, we thought that was a gay man’s disease and look 20 years later black people are the majority of new cases. And aids has taken over black cities like DC and New York. Name one issue in America that solely effects white folks. And you can’t say the tax code or the mortgage crisis because poor brown and black folks got hit the hardest with those shady mortgages.

  • T.H.

    Can’t believed I missed this article. We definitely need to join together in this movement. Black advocacy groups are asking what the President is doing for Black America…this is part of it.