Mayor Nutter is calling on all Americans to put an end to urban violence in response to the Trayvon Martin case in the latest issue of TIME Magazine.
"Every death is a tragedy in this nation, whether in Pennsylvania, Connecticut or Florida. We have all suffered a great tragedy with the death of Trayvon Martin," Nutter wrote. "But Trayvon's story is only the latest in our epidemic of violence, compounded by race, that must be addressed in America."
Shortly after neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman's aquittal in the fatal shooting of Martin in Sanford, Fl., over the weekend, Nutter released a statement expressing he was "deeply saddened" by the verdict. Cities throughout the country reacted. Protests and rallies erupted in Philadelphia and elsewhere.
In his essay in TIME, Nutter said African-American males are "so disproportionately both the victims and the perpetrators of violence...," adding "that epidemic is rarely part of any national conversation."