Young, Black and Under Attack, Part 1

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Submitted: Thu, 05/08/2008 - 12:38am
Updated: Wed, 11/27/2013 - 4:17pm

WILMINGTON — Some say it's all too common on the news, images of young Black men arrested for a crime.

We decided to find out how younger black men in our community feel about these negative stereotypes.

We met with three seniors from New Hanover High School. Darryl Pulliam, Montrel Jones and Michael Ballard are 18 years old and college-bound. We asked them what are some of the issues affecting young Black men?

"It's a lot of peer pressure going on, a lot of followers and no leaders," Pulliam said.

Ballard feels negative stereotypes hurt young black men.

"Some people might not expect me to be intelligent," he said. "I'll tell them that I'm student body president. I'm active in this group and that group, and they're like, 'Oh. Wow. Really?' And I'm like, 'What? I shouldn't be?"

All three were raised without their biological father at home. Studies suggest social issues at home like absentee fathers can make kids more prone to criminal behavior, but not these three, who chose to be different despite family and economic challenges.

Jones's childhood was tough at times.

"I didn't have the money, the clothes, and I just kept pushing myself and telling myself I'm not going to be like this when I get older, and I'm going to try to achieve as much as possible in life. Ihat's what I'm doing here today," Jones said.

Ballard says that all three guys had to make the choice to rise above their circumstances and be leaders.

"For me it wasn't thinking about today, but tomorrow," Ballard said.

In part two of our Young Black & Under Attack series, we will highlight a community organization that is helping kids to make the right choices.

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15 Comments on "Young, Black and Under Attack, Part 1"

$ Daddyboy $
2015 years 8 months ago

i just read your comment on the praise of young decent black men and i must say…i have never read the trash of a hater from the other color.instead of just excepting the fact that us blacks DO have educated determind strong willed young people in our race you would just rather pick out all kinds of negative statstics and post them for people to read and join your outlook on blacks.its small minded people like you that are the reason we as blacks are frowned down upon by other whites.after reading your comment,i guess the next time im cruising down the street in my caddy and i see that old white man collecting cans pushing a buggy or that white family in that run down chevy borke down on the side of the road i think ill think back to your comment and give a big smile. calvin… p.s. and im not racist or anything because i love all shades of people,i just see things for what they are…and dont have a good day…

2015 years 8 months ago

What about every other young American in this country no matter what there color? This is the type of thing that only helps to stir racial tension.

“Some say it’s all too common on the news, images of young Black men arrested for a crime”.

Young males, particularly young black males, are disproportionately involved in homicide compared to their share of the population.

“Race, Crime and Justice in America
The Color of Crime
New Century Foundation
Oakton, VA

Major Findings

Crime Rates
• Blacks are seven times more likely than people of other races to commit murder,
and eight times more likely to commit robbery.
• When blacks commit crimes of violence, they are nearly three times more likely
than non-blacks to use a gun, and more than twice as likely to use a knife.
• Hispanics commit violent crimes at roughly three times the white rate, and
Asians commit violent crimes at about one quarter the white rate.
• The single best indicator of violent crime levels in an area is the percentage of
the population that is black and Hispanic.
Interracial Crime
• Of the nearly 770,000 violent interracial crimes committed every year involving
blacks and whites, blacks commit 85 percent and whites commit 15 percent.
• Blacks commit more violent crime against whites than against blacks. 45 percent of their victims are white, 43 percent are black, and 10 percent are
Hispanic. When whites commit violent crime, only three percent of their victims are
• Blacks are an estimated 39 times more likely to commit a violent crime against
a white than vice versa, and 136 times more likely to commit robbery.
• Blacks are 2.25 times more likely to commit officially-designated hate crimes
against whites than vice versa.
• Only 10 percent of youth gang members are white.
• Hispanics are 19 times more likely than whites to be members of youth gangs.
Blacks are 15 times more likely, and Asians are nine times more likely.
• Between 1980 and 2003 the US incarceration rate more than tripled, from 139
to 482 per 100,000, and the number of prisoners increased from 320,000 to 1.39
• Blacks are seven times more likely to be in prison than whites. Hispanics are
three times more likely.

Doesn’t WWAY decide what to run? from statistics I’ve read, it’s the young blacks that are doing the attacking.

I’ve noticed in the last couple of months that some of my comments don’t get posted for whatever reason. I enjoy reading the diverse opinions of others no matter if I agreed with them or not.

I watch WWAY and read this site daily. Maybe I’ll just forget to write that down in the dairy I just received in a green, blue and white envelope from some company called Nielsen. They even paid me $5.

2015 years 8 months ago

yeah yeah more likely this more likely that. the statistics you posted were disturbing. maybe that’s why the police harrass us. maybe that’s the reason the avrg white male makes almost $10 more than black males.let me ask you somthing mr statistic how many times have YOU been attacked by a black? I have been a victim of hate crimes all my life. your comment you posted is pointless and may be the reason the article was needed in the first better wake up its not that kind of world anymore.its time to unite.maybe if you get out the house sometime and off the internet you will see this for yourself.

2015 years 8 months ago

Affirmative Action requires the very discrimination it is seeking to eliminate and hurts those it intends to help.

Dr. Polymer
2015 years 8 months ago

Disparity exists with pay, access to jobs, raises, promotions, unemployment, etc.

It is okay for you to believe what you believe, this is America. It is not okay for you to take your believes and impose them on others, because this IS America. Your beliefs do not fit the actuality of statistics of blacks, hispanics, native americans, women, gays, basically non-white males.

America allows for the pursuit of happiness, not happiness. Your reality is work hard and you will get what you want. That is not the reality for the majority of Americans. It isn’t even the reality for the average white person.

However, if it makes you feel good to deliver these absolutes and not face reality and make a difference, I pray for you.

2015 years 8 months ago

If you take a White and Black worker with equal experience, equal education, and equal skill sets, the pay disparity vanishes.

We have more Black lawyers, doctors, and businessmen than ever before. We have a Black Secretary of State; the one before her was Black, too. We have a Black justice on the Supreme Court. We have Black governors. We have a Black Senator running for President.

Anyone who WANTS to succeed in this country, can. The three young men in this story understand that. If, however, you decide to drop out of high school, go to prison by the age of twenty, and dedicate your life to getting high, you have no one to blame but yourself when you discover that life pretty much stinks. That applies regardless of the color of your skin.

2015 years 8 months ago

“If, however, you decide to drop out of high school, go to prison by the age of twenty, and dedicate your life to getting high, you have no one to blame but yourself when you discover that life pretty much stinks. That applies regardless of the color of your skin.”

BTW, in addition to more Blacks succeeding than ever before, we have more Latinos and women succeeding well. My ex is the CFO of a West Coast biomedical corporation. There are many more females in the top floor offices and board rooms.

Just this week I wrote up a recommendation for award for one of our engineers, who happens to be Black. He didn’t drop out of high school, he got his E.E. degree, and he’s never been to jail. Best of all? He’s a GREAT engineer, and has an incredible work ethic.

He must be friggin’ Superman, huh? No one else could possibly do that!

Bottom line – every one of us is responsible for our own life, regardless of color.

If **YOU** screw it up, don’t come crying to me.

2015 years 8 months ago

The Statistics posted are from the Department of Justice and a Foundation set up to study these things. A link was furnished. Don’t shoot the messenger. Some people just can’t handle the truth!

The problem I have with the story is the title “Young Black & Under Attack”. Under attack by who? I congratulate these young black men for not falling into the gang mentality, drugs and fathering multiple children, but all young people not just blacks need to be congratulated for doing the right thing.

2015 years 8 months ago

The only thing effecting young blacks is other blacks. For people that go downtown or to the mall or any public place you see black people acting out inappropriately. It’s ridiculous and embarrassing to educated black people. It starts with the parents and their lack of discipline and then it’s the schools that let down these young children. We need a complete overhaul of our social system to fix this.

2015 years 8 months ago

And I thought that we were taught that if your actions directly lead to harm to yourself then it was a self-inflicted injury.

When you make the wrong choises and it comes back around to hurt you then you were not under attack. You made a choice that ended up hurting you. It wasn’t anybody but yourself.

I’m thinking that ganglife is suicidal tendency.

2015 years 8 months ago

…if you decide to do a sequel, “Old, White, and sick-n-tired of people feeling sorry for themselves.”

2015 years 8 months ago

Look I grew up in the projects in Wilmington, and I am white. I over came being poor and growing up in the projects, I did not want to break laws or steal, or kill, none of the kids I grew up had that attitude, somebody owes me something, we came from hard working mothers who taught us to do better, treat others kind.I went to college I have a BS in Health Care, I over came because Of my mother, teachers, and church, We were poor, so poor we had to eat beans, potatoes, rice very often, My mother said learn all you can so you can do better than me, she would say turn off the music, read, read, read, and you will learn and grow, be somebody, what is a new car if there is nothing in the brain to go along with it, there is no excuse for hurting or killing, selling drugs, I am sure the black men of today are being told by their mothers to learn and do what you can to get out. Not steal and kill and go to jail.

just my thoughts
2015 years 8 months ago

I just wanted to take time to thank you for looking into the issues that affects, the young black male. As one writer talked about the black male was set up to fail, lets look more into it. since slavery african americans where set up to prey on themselfs. As the slave master seperated the field blacks from the house blacks, that is still into play today. I ask people what is a project? Most young blacks say “thats where i live”. Well a project is a unkwon experiment. Waiting to see what happens. Just as you put two rats in a box and not make room for those rats, as they mutilple they them turn on each other, that what they study on these projects that so many kids lives in today, You must know the traps to over come them, you hear so many people say “oh slavery, that happen so many years ago’ well slavery was a intution its a way to oppress a group for many many years to come

2015 years 8 months ago

I for one would like to congratulate these three on their willingness to look past their circumstances and realize they can make different choices and good ones! so much for all the others who allow their circumstances to dictate how they turn out. Instead of looking for an excuse these three are going to choose to be part of a solution. I doubt they will ever see the inside of a jail cell or the backseat of the police car. The truth is we all have tough breaks no matter what color we are and who we turn out to be is a choice we all have to make. You can allow your circumstances to make you bitter or allow them to make you better. The choice is yours.

2015 years 8 months ago

Please don’t take the comments of one, uneducated small minded individual and compare him to the rest of us. I saw the program on WWAY and thought to myself, what an inspiration these 3 young men are not only to young black teens, but to teens of any color. People like this man who posted will never change. Our only hope are the future generations.