Community leaders are coming together to study the history of race in Wilmington. Some of the topics will include how race has affected politics, our school system, and crime. District Attorney Ben David said the majority of the murder cases on his desk right now involve 'black on black' crime, which is one of the topics community leaders plan to tackle. Veronica Murphy is tired of seeing crime tape in her Creekwood neighborhood. She is even more frustrated with seeing young black men arrested for a crime. “So many of them have nothing to do, no one to turn to with their issues or their problems, that the only thing they know to turn to is the streets,” said Murphy. Just this week, two seventeen-year-old boys were arrested and charged with murdering a white woman in Creekwood. District Attorney Ben David said black on white crime is rare in New Hanover County. “People tend to victimize people that look like themselves,” stated David. David said he has 31 pending murder cases on his desk, 27 of them deal with black on black crime - and that problem is growing. “The violence that we see in the streets it's not a white issue, it's not a black issue it's a human issues and it requires community response,” David said. Every Thursday for the next six weeks, police officers, educators, community leaders, residents and even some people who have been in trouble with the law before will gather at Williston Middle School. They will discuss the role of race in politics, education and crime. District Attorney Ben David is taking the course and hopes it will bring the community together to take action against crime. “These are all of the communities children and everyone needs to care about it and I think this is a very good start,” said David. Veronica Murphy hopes it will eventually change the view sees in her neighborhood. “Remember it takes a village to raise a child,” said Murphy. So far, 200 people have signed up for the racial history class. There is still room for more. The six-week session costs $75. It starts tomorrow at 6:30 p.m., in the auditorium at Williston Middle School.
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