Male students at Western Kentucky University walked a mile in red high heels to raise awareness about violence against women. (Video at link.) I wonder if they’re aware that men are murdered at four times the rate of women in 2008. I’ve never seen nor heard of any march, walk, wearing of a certain color, poop-in to raise awareness of violence against men, even though men are slightly more likely to be the victim of a violent crime than women, and much more likely to be murdered. I guess we all know that but, somehow, are blissfully unaware that women ever fall victim to violent crime, although you can barely look out your window without seeing a reminder of that or breast cancer awareness.
18-24 year olds, male and females combined, are the age group most likely to be murdered. Blacks are murdered six times as often as whites. 93% of blacks murdered are murdered by another black person. 84% of white murder victims were murdered by a white.
In 2008, young adults (18 to 24 years old) had the highest victimization rate in each racial and sex group.
In 2008, black males age 18 to 24 years-old had the highest homicide victimization rate (91.1 homicides per 100,000). Th at rate was more than double the rate for black males age 25 or older (38.4 homicides per 100,000) and almost triple the rate for black males age 14 to 17 (31.4 homicides per 100,000).
Among white women age 18 to 24, the rate declined from 5.5 homicides per 100,000 in 1980 to 2.6 per 100,000 in 2008
More awareness: Women often wear silly, highly uncomfortable shoes. If you’re a young male college student, wearing those shoes around and acting like you care about women might get you laid. This may be the heart of the drive for men to support awareness of obvious women’s issues. What the hell is it with women and shoes? Is it some sort of soul cleansing ritual to wear shoes that hurt and deform your feet? Do you kid yourself that you’re doing it for a man or men? A few week ago, I went to a semi-dressy event for my son’s football team. His girlfriend, unlike many other girls, wore flats. I hope they end up getting married.
Some women go nuts and get violent because evolution is killing black peole. Well, at least one woman. (Hilarious video from a college classroom. Thank God for cellphones that take video.)
I guess this is an empathy overload day for me. Too many things to be aware of and to care about. I have a few problems of my own and no one, except my kids and a few others, really gives a shit. So, I’m resolving it all myself. I’m increasing awareness that the one sure way to resolve problems in my life is through my own action. The one sure way to change the world is to change myself. You can do the same. Encourage others to do likewise, teach them to fish. I’m so frickin’ sick of my awareness being raised, I want to gargle on razor blades and wash it down with a turpentine cocktail.
Be aware out there. ;)