Last year, President Obama highlighted the importance of this issue. He said, “The single greatest cause of death for young black men between the ages of 18 and 35 is homicide. And that’s crazy. That is crazy.” Actually, it’s worse than that. According to the CDC, homicide is the #1 cause of death for African-Americans in all age groups from 15 to 34 (i.e., 15 to 19, 20 to 24, and 25 to 34).

When Obama made that statement it was within the context of hate crimes and violence being committed by police and whites against blacks. He was hoping the audience would infer that blacks were being murdered in disproportionate numbers by whites and the police. In reality, blacks were then and are today disproportionally the victims of black on black crime .