FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 1, 2019
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The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Recognizes Black History Month
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Director of African-American and Community Outreach Kayla Hicks and Deputy Legal Director Yasmin Fletcher issued the following statement:
“February 1, 2019 marks the first day of Black History Month. The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and our sister organization, The Educational Fund To Stop Gun Violence, mark this month by honoring and remembering black men, women, and children whose lives were destroyed by our nation’s continuing gun violence epidemic. From activists murdered for speaking their truth to parents having to bury their children to communities terrorized by gunfire, the scourge of American gun violence has had deep and devastating effects on American history.
“But this month is not only about remembering our past; it is about looking toward the future. Many of the historical giants whose lives we celebrate this month grew up in the same types of communities that millions of African-Americans are growing up in today — communities that are disproportionately and unfairly impacted by gun violence. Black males are nine times more likely to be murdered with a gun than white males. Black females are three times more likely to be murdered with a gun than whites females. These gun deaths are commonly ignored by the media and general public. They are accepted as normal by our elected officials. This type of violence is not normal, and we cannot accept it as such.
“We recommit ourselves to reducing and eliminating gun violence that far too often affects black, brown, and beige communities. These families — our families — deserve the right to live free from gun violence like any other Americans. They deserve the right to create their own stories, their own histories, to become those figures who we honor and remember — not just in February, but all year. America must give them that chance.”