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"Again, since 1994, the 75 largest cities in America when they analyzed whether there's overrepresentation in crimes that were reported—not just crimes that were charged, crimes that were reported—versus the prison population, they found that blacks and Hispanics were statistically underrepresented," said Shapiro. "The biggest problem for blacks and Hispanics in inner cities is that there aren't enough police officers to actually take care of them and police the crime to make their cities safe for investment and education."
Shapiro's answer was met with enthusiastic applause from the audience.
When Shapiro turned the conversation to gender, Kohn's social justice reflexes betrayed her. Shapiro noted that women now earne more undergraduate and graduate degrees than men; meanwhile, he said, there are more men in prison than women. Was that because "the jailing system is sexist against men?" he asked.
"More men commit crimes," answered Kohn, an admission that brought a strong reaction from the crowd. Though she was able to admit for a moment that sometimes trends among some groups are different than trends among others, Kohn refused to apply the same logic when it came to race and crime.