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Let me start by saying I am a resident of Flint, MI and was born at Hurley Hospital which is located in Flint.  Today I am vexed about the recent story that my hometown was once again crowed the most violent city in America.  Think about it. All the cities in the UNITED STATES of AMERICA, Flint, MI is the most violent?  I don’t think I’m buying it. I’ve lived on the north side of Flint, MI which is the most violent areas and it didn’t seem like “Lil Iraq.”

Let me be clear.  I do know of the violence and destruction in my hometown.  I have had relatives and friends who were victims of senseless violence.  I have personally seen violent acts occur in the city limits of my hometown.  However, I have not seen or experience so much crime that I can agree with my city being the most violent city in America.

Anyone who knows me personally or professionally know that I care about the place I call home.  I have been a contributing member of my community through various community service projects.  I have mentored and been a mentee through my short time on earth.  A lot of my focus on giving back to the community has been for the areas where the crime has been at its highest. When I take a step back and see the situation for what its worth, I still come to the question, “IS FLINT, MICHIGAN REALLY THAT BAD?” I love Flint, Michigan.  I don’t love everything that happens in my city especially the violence and destruction.

Can you please help me understand that my city has gained the title of MOST VIOLENT CITY IN AMERICA?

FLINT, Michigan — Flint was the most violent city in the nation in 2010, according to FBI statistics released today.

Flint had 22 violent crimes per 1,000 residents, figures show. It was about 4 residents higher than second-place Detroit.

St. Louis, New Haven, Conn., and Memphis round out the top 5.

Flint reported 53 murders for 2010, but a Flint Journal count shows 66. When adjusted, Flint also has the highest murder rate, followed by New Orleans, St. Louis, Baltmore and Detroit.

via Flint most violent city in nation for any city more than 100,000, according to FBI statistics |

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