Color of Crime
Crime, and Justice in America
Expanded Edition, 2005
Police and the justice
system are not biased against minorities.
Blacks are seven
times more likely than people of other races to commit
murder, and eight times more likely to commit robbery.
When blacks commit
crimes of violence, they are nearly three times more
likely than non-blacks to use a gun, and more than twice
as likely to use a knife.
violent crimes at roughly three times the white rate,
and Asians commit violent crimes at about one quarter
the white rate.
The single best
indicator of violent crime levels in an area is the
percentage of the population that is black and Hispanic.
Of the nearly
770,000 violent interracial crimes committed every year
involving blacks and whites, blacks commit 85 percent
and whites commit 15 percent.
more violent crime against whites than against blacks.
Forty-five percent of their victims are white, 43 percent
are black, and 10 percent are Hispanic. When whites
commit violent crime, only three percent of their victims
Blacks are an
estimated 39 times more likely to commit a violent crime
against a white than vice versa, and 136 times more
likely to commit robbery.
Blacks are 2.25
times more likely to commit officially-designated hate
crimes against whites than vice versa.
Only 10 percent
of youth gang members are white.
19 times more likely than whites to be members of youth
gangs. Blacks are 15 times more likely, and Asians are
nine times more likely.
and 2003 the US incarceration rate more than tripled,
from 139 to 482 per 100,000, and the number of prisoners
increased from 320,000 to 1.39 million.
Blacks are seven
times more likely to be in prison than whites. Hispanics
are three times more likely.
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