VIOLENCE

Violence is deeply rooted in American culture. We all know how this country began... forcibly taking land from Native Americans, dragging Africans over here in chains, building a country on the back of the poor and the unprotected. But where are we headed? That’s the question. After the death of Dr. King and Robert F. Kennedy, the United States passed reforms on the sale of guns. Yet after 26 children and teachers were gunned down in Newton, Connecticut, Congress failed to enact a single additional regulation on high-powered weaponry.

Sankofa.org is committed to creative, diligent, effective work to root out systemic violence and help build a culture that supports a more humane and decent world.

In the United States, the numbers of non-violent crimes such as burglary or theft are comparable or lower than in other industrialized countries. Where we go so terribly wrong is in violent crime. America has the highest homicide rate in the world. Most homicides are a result of arguments rather than break-ins or muggings. And guess what? No surprise. Guns are a major factor. We are a country awash in firearms and gun deaths in the United States are twice as high among African Americans as whites.

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Domestic Violence is the leading cause of injury in low-income women. National statistics show that every nine seconds a woman is assaulted or beaten. A staggering 22 million women have been victimized by sexual violence. For more information and resources, click here.