The Color of Crime: Race, Crime and Justice in America

The Color of Crime: Race, Crime and Justice in America

Major Findings

  •  There is more black-on-white than black-on-black violent crime.
  •  Of the approximately 1,700,000 interracial crimes of violence involving
    blacks and whites, 90 percent are committed by blacks against whites.
  • Blacks are therefore up to 250 times more likely to do criminal violence to whites than the reverse.
  •  Blacks commit violent crimes at four to eight times the white rate.
  • Hispanics commit violent crimes at approximately three times the white rate,
    and Asians at one half to three quarters the white rate.
  • Blacks are twice as likely as whites to commit hate crimes.
    Hispanics are a hate crime victim category but not a perpetrator category.
  • Hispanic offenders are classified as whites, which inflates the white
    offense rate and gives the impression that Hispanics commit no hate crimes.
  • Blacks are as much more dangerous than whites as men are more
    dangerous than women.

A fairly old publication from 1999, which is based on the FBI crime statistics, and which is technically accurate. It was written in response to earlier use of the information that glossed over the black on white crime rate and focused almost exclusively on the black on black crime rate- amazing how the same set of information can be used to push different agendas. I’ve snipped out a few of the more memorable quotes- remember the numbers are completely correct and verifiable from the FBI crime stats.

Of the approximately 1,700,000 interracial violent crimes involving blacks and whites reported every year, blacks commit 90 percent and whites commit only ten percent. Blacks are therefore more than 50 times more likely than whites to commit interracial crimes of violence. The differences are even greater for multiple-offender interracial crimes, with blacks 100 to 250 times more likely to be involved in gang attacks on whites than the reverse. Some people may argue that blacks attack whites because they expect them to be carrying cash or valuables. However, fewer than 20 percent of black attacks on whites are robberies; rape and assault do not usually have economic motives.

For virtually all crimes, there are consistent and pronounced differences in arrest rates for violent crime by race and ethnicity. Blacks are five to ten times more likely to be arrested than whites, Hispanics are approximately three times more likely, American Indians are about twice as likely, and Asians are only one half to two-thirds as likely to be arrested for violent crimes as whites. The very high rates for blacks means that the single best independent predictor of crime rates for an area is the percentage of the population that is black.

I’m not going to post the whole document, but it roughly matches the trends in the UK race crime stats that I posted earlier. It doesn’t really go into much detail about interracial sex crimes, which are almost entirely white on black, with some years the FBI having less than ten white on black rapes reported. But that’s for another post.

This is also very similar to the Criminal Victimization in the United States, 2005 Statistical Tables (Page 30, chart 42), where the sex offence pattern is near identical but based on surveys rather than reported crimes. No longer available on-line, unfortunately.

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