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Pastor Kevin Cosby discusses local violence in light of outrage in Ferguson

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The ongoing violence in Ferguson is the talk of the country and one local pastor believes there's a bigger issue that Louisville residents should be worried about.

Dr. Kevin Cosby is pastor of St. Stephen Baptist Church. "So while it is a tragedy what has happened in Ferguson, the fact of the matter is it does not represent a trend,” Pastor Cosby said. “And I think it is a mistake to give primary energy to a secondary issue."

He understands the concern in Ferguson, surrounding the shooting death of a black man by police, but says there's a more alarming issue happening across the country and on the streets of metro Louisville.

“I think that it is inconsistent for us to become so emotionally aroused at this particular isolated incident."

Cosby says Ferguson was a tragedy, but there's a disturbing trend of black on black violence across the country, including the death of an 18-year-old Church member he eulogized on Monday.

“[He] was gunned down by four insensitive thugs who snuffed out his life, snuffed out his potential," Cosby said.

The 18-year-old's death has not received much media attention.

“We've become totally desensitized to black death when the perpetrator is another African American," Cosby explained.

Since January of this year, detectives at LMPD have responded to 30 fatal assaults involving African-Americans and in 100 percent of the cases, the suspects are also African-Americans."

“Whether you're gunned down by another African-American or you're gunned down by another police officer, the fact of the matter is you are just as dead,” Cosby said.

Cosby says the solution is simple. “What will distinguish people in the 21st century is not race but preparedness."

Cosby, who is also president of Simmons college of Kentucky, says education is the key and he practices what he preaches.

"We have tripled our enrollment because we are communicating a message to African-Americans that the path to upward mobility is education," Cosby said.

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