A while ago I reponded to Barbara Lamar's comment of
you're non-white, when, to the best of my knowledge, whites commit at least
as many crimes per 100 people as do non-whites.
With a zipped PDF document. I insted found a summary of that document here:
about the racial demographics of crime.
In light of the current discussion, here are the results of anothe quick
likelihood of going to State or Federal prison
If recent incarceration rates remain unchanged, an estimated 1 of every 20
persons (5.1%) will
serve time in a prison during their lifetime.
Lifetime chances of a person going to prison are higher for
-- men (9%) than for women (1.1%)
-- blacks (16.2%) and Hispanics (9.4%) than for whites
Based on current rates of first incarceration, an estimated 28% of black
males will enter State or Federal prison during their lifetime, compared to
16% of Hispanic males and 4.4% of white males.
Selected Chararcteristics of Jail inmates,1996,1989,1983
Race/Hispanic Origin Total% Convicted Unconvicted
White- Non Hispanic 37.3 39.7 32.4
Black- Non Hispanic 40.8 38.9 44.7
Blacks: % of U.S. population 12
Whites: % of U.S. population 74
Assuming the above figures are correct, If I were to accept Barbara's
statement, then the jail demographics should reflect the overall population
closely. Clearly, it does not. In fact, it's not even close. Based on
this information, If I were to posit that "Blacks commit WAY more crimes
than Whites." Would that be a racist statement? And If so, why?
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