*According to the latest report from the Violence Policy Center, the homicide rate for Blacks in America stands at 20.86 persons per 100,000 – nearly seven times the rate for whites which stands at 3.11 per 100,000 persons.

The numbers are based on an analysis of unpublished FBI data from 2007 – the latest year for which complete figures are available.

This marks the fourth year that the Violence Policy Center, has issued the study Black Homicide Victimization in the United States.

It shows that the most dangerous state for African Americans is Pennsylvania with a murder rate of 36.36 per 100,000 Blacks. The keystone state is followed by Missouri (34.82), Indiana (30.89) and Nevada and Wisconsin tied with a homicide rate of 29.83 per 100,000.

As indicated by other studies, Blacks are most likely to be killed by other Blacks. Indeed, 72 percent of Black homicide victims were killed by someone they knew. The weapon of choice is a gun.

Specifically, 82 percent of the Blacks killed in 2007 fell victim to a gun – usually a handgun.

This is the fourth consecutive year that the Violence Policy Center has released its report. VPC authors conclude:

“Successful efforts to reduce America’s Black homicide toll must put a focus on reducing access to firearms.” (source: Taylor Media Services)