Saturday morning at the Peoria Public Library the ‘New Millennium Institute’ held a community forum to discuss what they’re calling ‘Black Genocide.’ A problem they say is not only prevalent in Peoria, but nationwide. Local activist Agbarra Bryson hosted the forum, saying black men are the leading cause of death among other young black men.
A number of leaders in the community from the NAACP, Nation of Islam, Police, and Sheriff’s office were there as a panel shared thoughts on the violence. Sherry Carter-Allen of the NAACP said, “Who’s going to fix this mess? Who’s responsible for this mess? We all are. Basically if we don’t learn how to come out of individual silos and address this issue as a whole it will continue to grow.”
Bryson said they want to make communities safe by opening the discussion about the root cause of the violence.