Mayor Michael Nutter penned an op-ed for Time magazine in which he calls for action in the wake of the high-profile death of Trayvon Martin.
Nutter, a West Philadelphia native, demands cities across the country address issues of violence within African-American communities.
"Why is it that African-American males are so disproportionately both the victims and the perpetrators of violence, more often than not against one another? In Philadelphia, where I am mayor, 75% of our homicide victims are black men," Nutter writes. "About 80% of the people we arrest for homicide are black men. Black men across the country are killing one another, yet that epidemic is rarely part of any national conversation."
Check out the op-ed here.