Race:
Without the Figures
JoT re Sherm re JoT re Sherm re Cops

If you claim that the crime figures are absolutely worthless, then let's approach the issue of black and white crime rates without the figures.

Anti-black bias accounts for some of the discrepancy in black and white crime rates (see crack), but not all of it.

(Remember, when I talk about "blacks" and "whites":
I don't mean
     "people with meaningfully distinct genetic heritage,"
I mean
      "people placed into one or another racial category.")

Blacks do commit more crimes than whites. Why? Because blacks are more likely to go to bad schools, to be raised by single teen-agers, to get coerced into joining gangs, and to be thrown in jail for minor offenses. The difference is one of privilege, not skin color, not genetics.

We can agree that blacks are more likely to go to bad schools, to be raised by single teen-agers, to get coerced into joining gangs, and to be thrown in jail for minor offenses. (It's only gotten worse since desegregation undercut black neighborhoods.) Certainly, whites would commit more crimes if more whites went to bad schools, were raised by single teen-agers, got coerced into joining gangs, and were thrown in jail for minor offenses. If you think that, despite these hardships, blacks are no more likely to commit crimes than whites, then to what do you attribute the blacks' superior moral fortitude. Genetic superiority?

—JoT
February 2002

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