Numerous recent Seattle incidents point to a deeper problem that is capturing growing attention -- violent crimes in which the suspects and their victims are young, black and male. Numbers tell part of the story. According to the most recent census figures, blacks make up 8.2 percent of Seattle's population and 5.7 percent of King County's population. But nearly a third of those booked into the King County jails for homicides are black.
More than half of the 4,000 people from King County in the state prison system are black. Nationally, for every three black men in college, there are four in prison.
Yes, it's a crisis.