Sean Kenny wrote:
> > 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?
> Because in a racist society, black people are more likely to be arrested,
> convicted and executed than white people. Black people make up a
> disproportionate number of recruits to the US armed forces, am I to assume
> that they are more patriotic than the white population?
Am I to assume that you think someone makes them enlist at gunpoint?
What does that have to do with blacks being convicted more? Nothing,
clearly, outside of a lack of avenues of escape from the ghetto. Having
been a member of the US armed forces myself, it is partly that, and
partly that fewer whites think that risking one's life in the service is
worth minimum wage pay and two tiered health care systems with a higher
rate of malpractice than the general medical industry, with less legal
recourse. I went in for the college money (the GI Bill), which they
wound up defrauding me of once I was discharged.
Whites also don't join the military in similar numbers because whites
tend to have a higher respect for higher education than blacks and are
better prepared for college than blacks. In the words of black comedian
Chris Rock: "Cut the 'racism' bullshit, and get off your ass."
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