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When it comes to gun violence, the rift between black and white America is vast.

A new analysis from The Brookings Institution, a nonprofit policy research group, put the shocking gap perspective, using data from 2011-2013 from the Center for Disease Control, which tracks all deaths in the United States.

Further breaking down the numbers by age shows an even greater rift. Between the ages of 20 and 29, black males are more than four times as likely to die by a gunshot than their white counterparts.

And even the manner of these deaths are far from equal. In young white America, 77% of deaths by guns are caused by suicide, with 19% coming from homicide. In black America, it is diametrically opposite. For young black America, 82% of gun related deaths are acts of homicide, with only 14% being caused by suicide.

In black America, the firearm homicide rate is 89 per 100,000, according to Brookings, comparable to Honduras, the country with the highest recorded homicide rate in the world, which had 90.4 homicides per 100,000 people over the same time period. (This number is only comparing firearm deaths to all homicides. Other forms of homicide that may strike black America are not included.)

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White America, on the other hand, is comparably better off, even as it is hardly a cause for celebration. At about 20 firearm homicides per 100,000, young white America is slightly better off than Mexico, which registered 21.3 homicides per 100,000 over the same time period, according to the World Bank.

Yes, that's right. Black America is Honduras, and white America is Mexico — both developing countries that have long been plagued by violence.

Earlier this year, the New York Times noted that "for every 100 black women not in jail, there are only 83 black men." For whites, the number is 100 to 99 — a near parity.

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While the majority of the problem of the "Missing Black Men" was attributed to black men who have been locked up, the report noted that premature deaths are also a major factor, even though the death rate for young black men has dropped more than other groups since the 1990s.

Recently, gun control groups have made a concerted effort to forge an alliance with Black Lives Matter-affiliated organizations, in hopes of moving beyond the calls for gun control that usually follow mass shootings, which tend to kill mostly white people. The steady tick, tick, of black lives being lost to gun violence is all but lost in that conversation, said advocates.

“The movement is too white," Marc Morial, head of the National Urban League, told Politico. “There’s no input from communities of color.”

With charts like those presented above, and with the demonstrable reality that black America is basically living parallel to the most violent nation in the world, those calls might very well find fertile ground.

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Daniel Rivero is a producer/reporter for Fusion who focuses on police and justice issues. He also skateboards, does a bunch of arts related things on his off time, and likes Cuban coffee.