6,145 black men are missing from Jackson, Mississippi.
According to the 2010 Census report, there were 12,290 more black females in Jackson than males. Half of that disparity -- or 6,145 -- are obviously males.
Where did they go?
It could be that black men in Jackson have succumbed to a gender-related virus and died earlier than women. They may have been snatched up by space aliens. They, or the mothers of their babies, may have simply lied to census takers, an unlikely scenario if the person of interest is embedded in a government program such as subscribed to food stamps or somehow chained to the penal system.
We do know for certain that they didn't move to Birmingham, Alabama. That city is missing 6,798 black males. Nor did they go to Gary, Indiana where 1,604 black males are gone. In fact, every major city I researched in which blacks comprise a sizable percentage of the population are missing males.
The case of the missing males seems to be a uniquely black population problem.
I randomly checked three cities with mostly white populations and discovered the disparity between males and females is virtually non-existent. In fact, one of the three cities was dead even with 50% of each gender and the third actually had a surplus of male citizens -- more men than women!
Consider Lincoln, Nebraska where 86% of the population is white and only 3.8% is black:
Then look at the demographics in Salt Lake City, UT. The population in that city is 75.1% white but only 2.7% black.
Sioux Falls City, South Dakota, the third city I checked, is about even. The population there is 86.8% white and 4.2% black.
The six cities I reviewed -- three black and three white -- reveal an average male population of 50.3% in the mostly white cities and an average male population of 46.3% in the mostly black cities. That disparity is about 4% of the whole population and about 8% of the male population. That is, about one of 12.5 black males is missing.
Many have been incarcerated. According to The Bureau of Justice Statistics an estimated 4.8% of black non-Hispanic men were in prison or jail, compared to 1.9% of Hispanic men of any race and 0.7% of white non-Hispanic men.
Some may have been killed in violent crime. The Bureau of Justice Statistics informs us there were 279,384 black murder victims between 1976 and 2011. Nearly all of those were males.
The US Census Bureau informs us there are just over 20 million black males in America. About 500,000 of those black males will be murdered. (7,982 black homicides per year x 67.66 years black-male life span = 540,062 black homicides.) That's 2.5 percent of black males.
If 2.5 percent of black males are homicide victims and 4 percent are incarcerated, we have accounted for 6.5% of the 8% missing black males. Those numbers are, of course, over simplified. Nonetheless they lend insight into the demise of black males in America.
Here are the raw numbers:
• Gary, Indiana (Black)
• Birmingham, Alabama (Black)
• Jackson, Mississippi (Black)
• Sioux Falls, Idaho (White)
• Salt Lake City, Utah (White)
• Lincoln, Nebraska (White)
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