It was the wise Martin Luther King Jr. that stated, “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Though explicitly referring to the active disenfranchisement of Black people in the 60’s, this powerful quote provides much truth in the context of urban violence. As a nation, our discourse on urban violence has been exceptionally skewed and lackluster. Urban violence, typically characterized by much gang violence, is more than often discussed in exclusively punitive terms against the gang members. Break the Law and you will be reprimanded. Break the Law as a black gang member, and you will be severely reprimanded. Punitive methods of justice are inherent in our history and legal structures. But to what extent has this traditional reactionary approach negatively and unproductively limited our national discourse? In this post, I would like to offer two suggestions in order to expand our national discourse on urban violence and ultimately see more effective results.