Brazil is the world's murder capital. Its grisly toll cannot be put down to a so-called culture of violence. To the contrary: These preventable deaths are a result of policy failures. Brazil's violent crime wave can be reversed.
I've had a slew of thoughts rushing through my head these last few days. I've cried the mother's wail. I've scrolled through old pictures in disbelief of this new reality. Mostly I've sat in shocked silence.
Most people don't realize that there are nearly twice as many deaths by suicide each year than death by homicide in the United States, but journalists for generations have been told not to cover suicides. And worse yet, several studies have shown the more we cover them, we might encourage copycats.
The Pistorius case presents no evidence of planning. To the contrary, if there is testimony that a heated argument preceded the murder, then that is more supportive of negligent homicide than premeditated murder.
23 are injured, two reported dead, and five in critical condition following a hit and run on Red River Street near The Mohawk bar in Austin, Texas, during the South By Southwest film and music festival.
It is evident that the problems of inflation, scarcity, crime and violence are issues that affect all Venezuelans equally, regardless of their political affiliation or ideologies. Why, then, is the population still divided?
Here are a couple of facts that every American should be ashamed of: Black Americans are four times more likely to be murdered than the national average. What's more, four out of five black homicide victims are killed with guns.
Brazil is a vast, varied and amazing country of tremendous potential that is increasingly assuming a role on the international stage. But its potential will only be fully achieved when it ends the subtle and overt racism and the social exclusion behind the war on its young black men.