Watch your man: Young black males at risk of homicidal violence

  • Kopano Ratele University of South Africa and Safety and Medical Research Council
Keywords: homicide, race, men, South Africa, crime, violence, masculinity, victimisation

Abstract

This article will argue that masculine domination is a crucial factor in black male homicidal victimisation in South Africa, but that this is not always appreciated. Under apartheid it was black men who were most likely to be at the receiving end of fatal political violence. Currently black men are still most likely to die violently from interpersonal conflicts. This article aims to underline the fact that it is important for political leaders, policy makers and police chiefs to speak out more often, publicly and without beating around the bush, that young black males are at the highest risk of homicide in South Africa. The article also offers an explanation why young black males are most vulnerable to homicidal violence.

Author Biography

Kopano Ratele, University of South Africa and Safety and Medical Research Council
Institute for Social and Health SciencesĀ andĀ Peace Promotion Research
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Published
2010-03-08
Section
Research articles