redemption: Very nice post, it's a rarity finding well reasoned arguments in this forum. Are you an URM, or minority, even?
OKay...to take that to an extreme...let's say non-white Hispanics made up 1/2 of that 71%...that would still mean non-Hispanic whites accounted for 35.5 percent of the arrest...almost 10% more than African americans...thus refuting the implication made by the author of this thread that AA are responsible for most of the country's crime.
Quote from: FlorentinaArizo on January 12, 2006, 08:13:05 PMLook where the crime is, mostly black. African Americans make up 13% of the population and what % of crime do you think that they commit? Im not racist, I am well aware that there are degenerate white people too, I just want to live in an area where there are high class people. These are just some thoughts.Wow...if that ill-informed statement were an LSAT choice it'd be flagged for several "wrong-answer-type" attributes. I'd say everyone has a fairly decent idea of where large populations of African-Americans can be found in this country. So start by subtracting New York, Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, New Orleans, Baltimore, and relatively small sections of some of the other southern states and already your concept of blameworthiness for crimes committed in this country seems just a tad skewed. This is a large country, are we to believe that with regards to the rest of the country, Native Americans/Pacific Islanders/Asian Americans - being as they consitute such a large percentage of the total population - are engaged in crime sprees that would push the level of crimes committed by non-white to the proportions you're implying. Some facts:Data from the 1998 UCR indicate that differentialrates of arrest for crime are relatedto race (see Snyder, 1999). Arrests of whitejuveniles (under age 18) constituted 71 percentof all juvenile arrests compared with26 percent for black youth. American Indianor Alaska Native and Asian or PacificIslanders account for 1 and 2 percent, respectively(Federal Bureau of Investigation,1999). Black youth were overrepresented,given the fact that they make up 15 percentof the juvenile population compared with79 percent white and 5 percent other races.Now this data pertains to juveniles...but for the sake of argument let's assume, that every AA juvenile moves on to being an adult offender, there still is a virtual mathematical impossibilty that crime is "mostly Black" Quite the opposite it would seem. I now turn your attention to the section where it mentions that realtive to their numbers the percentage of crime committed by AA is very high but surely we can all agree that this is due to several complex causation factors none of which anyone with even a rudimentary grasp of the social sciences...and I'm no expert...would ascribe to black people being classless.
Look where the crime is, mostly black. African Americans make up 13% of the population and what % of crime do you think that they commit? Im not racist, I am well aware that there are degenerate white people too, I just want to live in an area where there are high class people. These are just some thoughts.