A Letter From the Publisher: Sep. 16, 1985

Except for the occasional lurid headline and sketchy story, the epidemic of murderous violence by young U.S. black men against one another goes largely unreported. This week, TIME's Nation section features a full-length account of this alarming phenomenon in American society. The idea for the story, and a large portion of the reporting, came from Correspondent Jack White, until recently a member of the New York bureau and now Chicago bureau chief.

Says White: "As a black reporter specializing in black America, I had long been aware of the plague of black-on-black homicide in the nation's ghettos. But it took two...

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