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Jacksonville Pastors Conduct Provocative "Air Quality Experiment"

The Florida-Times Union

They're the pastors of a growing, biracial Jacksonville church. But Mike and Connie Smith are also garnering attention for a provocative study they recently published looking at the high rates of homicide in African-American communities.

It's a long, detailed piece - one the Florida Times-Union initially declined

to publish. "An Air Quality Experiment for Jacksonville" looks at, among other things, violent and misogynistic rap music as one indicator of a culture that continues to accept shockingly high rates of gun violence in black communities.

Says Smith, "We've become blind to the fact that there's a black 'Sandy Hook' every week. And we need to get outraged about it."

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