For the year 2014, there were 318,857,056 citizens in the United States. Within that population , 9,475,816 incidents of crime were reported. Of the incidents of crime, 1,197,987 were considered violent, 14,249 were classified as murder and 84,041 were rape. As a rate per 100,000, there were 2,971.8 total crimes committed against a person(s) or property; 375.7 total violent crimes committed per 100,000 residents; 4.5 per 100,000 rate of murder; 26.4 per 100,000 forcible rape. In contrast, for example, in 1980, the murder rate hit 10.2 per 100,000 residents and in 1992 was a big year for forcible rape at a rate of 42.8 per 100,000 residents. Really, since 1980 the incidents of both rape and murder have been falling in the USA.
So what does this mean? Well, nothing except that the “good ole days” were not always so good in the arena of rape and murder.
Lets take a look at the racial component: Believe me that is not easy since “facts” are not often compatible with “political feeling” so (The Bureau of Justice Statistics stopped publishing its table on interracial crime after 2008, perhaps not coincidentally, the first year of the Obama presidency. The agency explains its decision on the ground that some of the estimates in particular crime categories, such as sexual assault, are based on sample sizes that are too small to be statistically reliable. But that is no reason not to tabulate data on the crimes for which reliable estimates are available.) Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/420565/charleston-shooting-obama-race-crime
So, I did some searching on my own……. during the 2012/2013 period, blacks committed an average of 560,600 violent crimes against whites, whereas whites committed only 99,403 such crimes against blacks. This means blacks were the attackers in 84.9 percent of the violent crimes involving blacks and whites. Violent interracial crime involving blacks and Hispanics occurs in almost exactly the same proportions as black/white crime: Blacks are the attackers 82.5 percent of the time, while Hispanics are attackers only 17.5 percent of the time.
Despite making up just 13% of the population, blacks commit around half of homicides in the United States. DOJ statistics show that between 1980 and 2008, blacks committed 52% of homicides, compared to 45% of homicides committed by whites. Hence, Black people in the United States are more likely to be victims of violent confrontations with police officers than whites because they commit more violent crimes than whites per capita. The fact is if you do the crime, you are more likely to come into some kind of confrontation with the law. It is unlikely that if you were sitting in your home reading a book, listening to music or watching television that the police will enter your home and shoot you because they have a racial tick or something against you.
A black male is 40 times as likely to assault a white person as the reverse. These figures also show that interracial rape is almost exclusively black on white. In addition, drawing on the 2012 figures, whites were arrested for over 275,000 violent crimes. For blacks, the number is about 170,000. Please keep in mind that whites are roughly 63 percent of the population and Blacks represent 13 percent, so the percentage is higher among the Black population for arrests mathematically.
So, what does this all mean? Simply that the rate of crime among Blacks is HIGHER than among Whites. BUT the preponderance of crime arrests ARE among the white population. The percentage rate among Blacks might be higher but the actual AMOUNT of violent crime arrests for the White population is over 100,000 more.
What can crime within the Black community be attributed to?
- Poverty which is often a result of poor choices and lack of education.
- A sub-culture which developed during the 1980’s which glamorized bling, vice, “quick-eyed” money, disrespect of women, wanton sexuality, victimization, drugs, hatred and violence.
- Lack of self esteem and self respect. Even though argued to the opposite, and the screams of “I am Black and beautiful” the feeling of “less than” prevails.
- Family break-down. With the out of wedlock births within the Black community spiraling upwards for decades. At this point, there might be several generations that would not know what a “father” in the household would look like. I met a young woman last summer that told me between her two parents she had 25 siblings. Out of the 25, she would be the first to graduate from college after 6 years of attendance. The family only had 4 high-school graduates. She told me her father “had a wife now” and she is “foreign” so they (the children of which 14 are his) can’t visit “that much”. This family structure also leads to the propensity of young Black males to have negative, absent or abusive role models. Young Black boys without resources and role models are often prime targets for predators.
So these are the facts, as much as I could gather. Police brutality and bias is a problem within the United States, and anyone that denies that fact is a part of the problem. However, there are two sides to every coin and if each of us minds our own side…….. and attempts to make a difference (coherently) on the “other” side….. maybe we can make a difference.
What do you think?