A recent study that reports that Durham youth are three times more likely to identify with gangs than their peers in other cities has one Durham minister outraged.
Minister Paul Scott , founder of the Messianic Afrikan Nation ministry is concerned that the report demonizes Black youth in Durham because , according to statistics, the majority of identifiable gang members are African American males. "What we have is a case of Gangsta Eugenics," says Scott.
Most concerning to Scott is that the report suggests that third graders be assessed for future gang membership and drug abuse.
"In this climate of national police brutality, we don't want our babies stereotyped as natural born killers, "says Scott.
Scott says that education is the key and has started a campaign to put black history books in the hands of young African Americans in Durham.
"It's either the Book or the Bullet," he says