Terrorism is a ‘Black issue’  

GEORGE E. CURRY | 11/30/2015, 2:32 p.m.
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For the first time, Boko Haram has overtaken ISIL as the group that caused the most terrorism deaths.

“Deaths attributed to Boko Haram increased by 317 per cent in 2014 to 6,644. ISIL was responsible for 6,073 terrorist deaths,” the report stated.

It explained, “Terrorism remains highly concentrated with most of the activity occurring in just five countries – Iraq, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria. These countries accounted for 78 per cent of the lives lost in 2014.”

But terrorism is spreading, with the number of countries experiencing at least 500 terrorism-related deaths increasing from five to 11, a 120 percent increase over the previous year. Of the six new countries with 500 or more terrorism deaths each year, four of them are in Africa – Somalia, Central African Republic, South Sudan and Cameroon, according to the report titled, Global Terrorism Index: 2015.

And some say terrorism isn’t a Black issue?

In terms of loss of life, the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the U.S. were by far the largest, claiming 2,296 lives, including the19 terrorists, and property and infrastructure damage exceeding $10 billion.

Many Blacks, including 12 African American firefighters, lost their lives that day. However, many have been ignored in the numerous services commemorating 9/11. Media columnist Richard Prince pointed out that Time magazine, for example, published 64 pages of photos of 9/11 victims, none of whom were identifiable as Black.

Whether the media identifies them are not, Blacks, like Whites, are frequent victims of terrorist attacks.

George E. Curry is president and CEO of George Curry Media LLC. He is the former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine and the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service. He is a keynote speaker, moderator and media coach. Curry can be reached through http://www.georgecurry.com.