In reading the first few pages about health in The Covenant with Black America I was absolutely shocked by a statistic listed by Dr. David M. Satcher - former Surgeon General under President Clinton.
He said that there are more suicides than homocides in our community by an order of 5 to 3. That is for every 3 murders, there are 5 suicides in the black community!
Is anyone else shocked by this number? Does this lead anyone else to believe that we need to direct much more energy and attention to this problem? Honestly, I was completely ignorant of the size of this issue.