RE: Fred Reed - The Dave Barry of Racists

From: Al Villalobos (
Date: Fri Aug 03 2001 - 11:08:08 MDT

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
Google session:

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.

Table 3.
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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