What's ironic here is that so many are saying "just stick to the facts" because you believe that the stats presented in the OP provide factual
support for a racial position that you've always held but can't quite take full ownership of, in polite society anyway.
Yes, I just played "the race card." But we're just "sticking to the facts here" right?
Here's the link to the actual publication that Channel 4 used in their Fact Check report:
Homocide Trends in the US 1980-2000
You may be surprised to find that the title of that report is not "Black Men Commit More Murders."
That's because the "race" of the perpetrators is only one of the vectors considered, yet, it's the only one expanded on in this discussion.
What other demographic categories are considered?
See Table 1 on page three of the report. Age, race, sex of both perps and victims.
89.5% of the killers are male. Males represent only 48.9% of the population.
Therefore, men are convicted of homicide by almost a 9 to 1 ratio in comparison to women.
65.5% of the killers are aged between 18-34. This age group represents only 26.2% of the population.
Therefore, young adults are convicted of homicide by almost a 3 to 1 ratio in comparison with older adults.
52.5% of the killers are Black. This racial group represents only 12.6% of the population.
Therefore, Blacks are convicted of homicide by almost a 1.1 to 1 ratio with all other races.
Wait, what??? I thought Blacks committed over half of the homicides in the US 1980-2000.
Right, and other racial groups committed just under half.
The odds (or probability) of being killed by a Black person as opposed to a person of another race in these years was about even ... 1.1. to 1.
"Even chance" is just not quite as scary as "over half" is it?
Further, as compared with just these three categories from Table 1 of the report (and there are 35 more pages worth of statistics if anyone is
interested) we can see that:
Men are far more dangerous than any other group considered here. Three times more likely than young adults to kill, and about 8 times more likely
than Blacks ... that is according to the numbers.
So, statistically at least, we should be far more concerned about Males than about Blacks.
That is, just according to "the facts."
(Some of you will quite rightly argue that I'm manipulating these numbers, and you're quite right.)
(And so are you.)