How can incarceration rates be racist if they reflect the ACTUAL crime rates?

· October 3, 2019  
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Under a true system of justice, if you do the crime, you do the time. Law and order deter bad guys. Period. However, once we start social engineering and going soft on crime in order to avoid rightfully incarcerating individuals of particular races, everyone is harmed, including those the limousine liberals purport to help. The most dangerous example is our current rush to push jailbreak legislation under the false premise that black people are incarcerated unfairly and to ignore the appalling levels of crime committed by young black males. It hurts everyone, including law-abiding African-Americans.

If one were to be dropped here from Mars with no preconceived notions about violence in America, one would come away with the impression that white supremacy is the biggest threat to public safety. DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan announced last month that the Department of Homeland Security would be using increased resources to confront “racially based violent extremism, particularly white supremacist extremism.” Yet the reality in the everyday stories from New York, where Jews are being attacked by violent black youths every day, or the knockout game continuing in places like Maryland, paints a very different picture. And it’s backed up by the data.

Cory Booker claims that there is “systemic racism” in our criminal justice system leading to unjust mass incarceration of black people. The facts simply say the opposite. According to the new National Crime Victimization Survey published by the Bureau of Justice Statics, out of the 593,598 interracial violent victimization crimes between blacks and whites reported in 2018, 90 percent were black against white, and 9.5 percent were white against black. That is simply astounding given that black people compose just 12 percent of the general population and white people comprise 62 percent. And the trend is getting worse. As Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute observes, “That ratio is becoming more skewed, despite the Democratic claim of Trump-inspired white violence. In 2012-13, blacks committed 85 percent of all interracial victimizations between blacks and whites; whites committed 15 percent.”

As you can see, black-on-white crime is by far the most predominant interracial victimization, followed by Hispanic-on-white. White-on-black and Hispanic-on-black crimes are the rarest form of interracial violence, according to the DOJ’s victim survey.

The lopsided share of crime committed by black people is a problem across the board, but particularly for violent crimes. According to the FBI’s 2018 Uniform Crime reporting, of the 11,514 homicide offenders whose race is known, a whopping 55 percent were black, 42 percent white, and three percent other. Though black people make up only 12 percent of the population, they composed 53 percent of all murder victims in cases where the identity of the victim was known and reported. In cases where the race of both the victim and offender was known, a staggering 88.9 percent of black homicide victims were murdered by black offenders.

To drill down even further, in 2017, black males accounted for 45 percent of homicides, even though they make up just seven percent of the population. That means they commit murders at a rate eight times higher than whites.

In 2018, African-Americans accounted for 54 percent of those arrested for robbery, 34 percent of those arrested for aggravated assault, and 43 percent of weapons violations. In total, they composed 37.4 percent of all violent crime arrests. Yet, despite the complaint about black imprisonment, only 33 percent of state and federal inmates in 2017 were black. And their numbers are dropping quicker than any other group.

All of these numbers were even higher among juveniles. For example, black youth were responsible for 58 percent of juvenile murders, 64 percent of robbery, 41 percent of aggravated assault, 52 percent of motor vehicle theft, and 48 percent of overall violent crime among offenders under 18.

So, if anything, black criminals are underrepresented in the prison population relative to their share of violent crime. Contrary to the endless lies from the political class, black incarceration has nothing to do with drug laws whatsoever. If anything, FBI data show black people are arrested at a slightly lower percentage for drugs than for most violent crime offenses.

Even among the more targeted “hate crimes” documented by the FBI in 2017, black perpetrators were the offenders in 21.3 percent of cases, almost twice their share of the population. According to the NYPD, anti-Semitic attacks in New York City have increased 63 percent over last year, which itself saw an increase from the previous year. And unless you have been living off the grid, you will know that law enforcement is very reluctant to designate crime committed by what the political class considers as “minorities” as hate crimes.

Last November, the New York Times reported, “During the past 22 months, not one person caught or identified as the aggressor in an anti-Semitic hate crime has been associated with a far right-wing group.” In a shocking admission, the paper of record observed that the growing “anti-Semitism bypasses consideration as a serious problem in New York,” because “it refuses to conform to an easy narrative with a single ideological enemy,” given “the varied backgrounds of people who commit hate crimes in the city that make combating and talking about anti-Semitism in New York much harder.”

Well, that is one way to explain it! Those “varied backgrounds” pose a big challenge to intellectual honesty.

To discuss race in the context of criminal justice and public safety and completely ignore this data is to cover up the greatest threats to public safety. Though black criminals commit interracial crimes much more than criminals of other races, they still victimize their own race more than anyone else. Thus, refusing to deter violent black criminals because of the effort to abolish incarceration will harm black victims more than anyone else.

All threats need to be deterred with tough punishment against violent and repeat offenders, but pushing weak laws and distracting with white supremacism will fuel the most rampant violence in this country, which is black-on-black and black-on-white crimes in inner cities like Baltimore and Chicago. Simply letting violent felons off the hook or reducing sentencing because of racial politics will harm everyone. The subtle bigotry of low expectations, pandering, and deflection will get people of all races killed, and the sooner we return to punishing dangerous criminals regardless of race, the more just our system will be.

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Author: Daniel Horowitz

Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.