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Left-wing black journalist implies it’s just racism

At the Daily Beast, a left-wing black journalist says that the “knock-out” game is “an overblown panic over a crime wave that doesn’t exist.”

Whew, I feel a lot safer now. I think I will take a walk alone through Bedford Stuyvsant in order to celebrate my new-found safety.

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In any event, our black journalist has a factual error in his story. He writes that “the vast majority of young black men don’t commit crimes.” This is actually false, because it has been reported by a liberal organization that 30% of black men will go to prison during their lifetime, and I wouldn’t call 70% a “vast majority,” but rather just a majority. And it’s possible that in a high-crime area like bad neighborhoods in New York City, an actual majority of young black men do commit crimes (even if they are not necessarily caught and sentenced for them).

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 25, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Posted in Crime

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  1. You may be right, but I can’t help but notice your reference to some Billy Joel lyrics.

    JWS

    November 25, 2013 at 4:10 PM

  2. “This is actually false, because it has been reported by a liberal organization that 30% of black men will go to prison during their lifetime, and I wouldn’t call 70% a ‘vast majority,’ but rather just a majority.”

    You only go to prison if you get convicted of a felony and don’t get probation for it.

    You don’t go to prison if you get convicted of a misdemeanor — possibly as the result of plea bargaining your charge down from a felony. You also don’t go to prison if you don’t get caught.

    Given: (1) prison overcrowding, which encourages probation; (2) the pressure to streamline court dockets and reduce prosecutorial caseloads by encouraging plea bargains and only charging misdemeanors if it won’t be a slam-dunk felony conviction; and (3) the “stop snitching” culture which makes felony convictions (or even arrests and charges) much more difficult; it’s a reasonable assumption that the number of persons who commit crimes could exceed the number who go to prison by a factor of at least 2.

    Alex

    November 25, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    • No snitchin’ means the % of black males committing a crime even if never caught might be 40%.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      November 25, 2013 at 7:38 PM

      • stitches for snitches

        JQ

        November 26, 2013 at 2:34 PM

  3. The old “crime levels are going down” trope is like the “there are more whites than blacks on welfare” lie. Neither is true. Crime levels have been going up the last two years and there have been more blacks than whites on welfare since the 1980s.

    Bernie

    November 25, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    • I know they’re much more likely to be on welfare, but can I get a citation on there being more blacks than whites on welfare?

      Durr

      November 25, 2013 at 8:07 PM

      • Yes. Here is a good article on the subject: http://www.vdare.com/articles/national-review-wrong-again-on-race-and-welfare

        “As it happens, the 2010 TANF figures are now available and the annual report, “Characteristics and Financial Circumstances of TANF Recipients,” shows some very interesting developments.

        Blacks are indeed still the most numerous group on welfare, Pace NR, with 31.9 percent of recipients. Whites are right behind them at 31.8 percent.

        But the big news: Hispanics now comprise 30 percent of those lounging on the dole.

        In 2000, the racial breakdown of welfare was: blacks 38.6 percent, whites 31.2 percent and Hispanics 25 percent”.

        Bernie

        November 26, 2013 at 8:15 AM

      • “Hispanics now comprise 30 percent of those lounging on the dole.”

        I bet the real number is higher since a percentage of Hispanics probably get listed as white. To say nothing of Arabs that show up here, happily get on the dole, but are listed as white.

        peterike

        November 26, 2013 at 9:12 AM

      • At least those welfare cheats work off the books on top of that. Blacks are losers all around, they can’t even scam the government like the Hispanics. Maybe that’s why they complain about the “man is the keeping me down”.

        JS

        November 26, 2013 at 10:23 AM

      • Hispanics and Arabs are able to get ahead much quicker because they defraud the govt by working off the books and collect welfare. Blacks on the other hand, are just losers who only depend on the gov’t dole, which of course doesn’t provide sufficient funds for other things besides basic living.

        JS

        November 26, 2013 at 10:29 AM

  4. This reporter is trying to deflect by blaming the victim. His argument is that it’s not the fault of black criminals for violent assaults. It’s the fault of white victims for noticing.

    This is actually false, because it has been reported by a liberal organization that 30% of black men will go to prison during their lifetime

    National clearance rates for murder and manslaughter have fallen from about 90 percent in the 1960s to below 65 percent in recent years. The majority of homicides now go unsolved at dozens of big-city police departments. If they can’t solve murders then you know they’re not solving other crimes, either. As a side, that kind of does away with claims that crime is down because of get tough on crime policies. How can you get tough on crime when the crimes aren’t even getting solved? LOL

    destructure

    November 25, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    • The reporter is right. It isn’t a crime wave. It’s a whole bunch of similar but random acts all happening within a short time period of each other. Big difference. A crime wave is a new danger about which you might want to be on special alert. Random violence is just the background noise of everyday life that we’ve accustomed ourselves to ignore. Crime waves demand explanations including sometimes those we’d prefer not to give. Background noise requires no explanation and it isn’t even news.

      Curle

      November 25, 2013 at 11:35 PM

      • Yeah, that “random” violence. Totally unpredictable, out-of-the-clear-blue-sky stuff. No common factors at all. Just complete and utter randomness. A mystery, a paradox, an enigma. Yea verily, there are some questions that must remain forever impenetrable to the mind of mortal man.

        The Anti-Gnostic

        November 26, 2013 at 10:23 AM

  5. Technically speaking, most whites are criminals, too.

    trumwill

    November 25, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    • Can you please supply a citation? Thanks in advance.

      driveallnight

      November 26, 2013 at 3:21 PM

  6. It may be true that Polar Bear hunting has been going on forever and is no worse today than usual.

    The fact that many of the attacks end up on liveleak or world star hip hop is a recent development. “News” if you will.

    The context is that not only gentile white men get hit, but white women, Jews, and non whites get hit too, so it is officially safe to worry about.

    The additional context is that the new mayor of NYC is about to ban effective policing, which will in turn spark another wave of white flight if it happens.

    Rotten

    November 25, 2013 at 11:01 PM

  7. “an overblown panic over a crime wave that doesn’t exist.”

    What would constitute an appropriate response? Elite whites, while they hide in their gated communites, pointing and shrieking at proles who have the bad taste to actually live in *certain* neighborhoods.

    Of the many things not being said here – Blacks live like this all the time. Whites who get caught up in the game are stupid, and racist, just for being caught. They deserve this and more.

    DelFuego

    November 26, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    • An appropriate response would be whites and other non-blacks doing the same thing to blacks. Hispanic gangs do this in LA and other places so the blacks know not to mess with Hispanics. But there are no white gangs or low-lifes anymore who will take on this job. Even lower class whites don’t want to spend their lives in prison and they have the future time orientation to know what will happen if they retaliate.

      Bernie

      November 26, 2013 at 8:10 AM

      • No, the appropriate response is the police doing stop and frisk whenever they see a bunch ghetto youths together.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        November 26, 2013 at 8:58 AM

      • Not in New York, In a city with a more redneck-y white population, for instance in parts of the South, it might be different.

        Peter

        ironrailsironweights

        November 26, 2013 at 9:49 AM

      • “Not in New York, In a city with a more redneck-y white population, for instance in parts of the South, it might be different.”

        There certainly aren’t marauding, vengence-seeking gangs of white enforcers. The structure of the cities (car culture, less density) leads to fewer random sidewalk encounters.

        In highly integrated high schools, races generally stick to their kind for their close circles, but may fraternize with one another as groups at parties (football players, for example). If racial tensions spike in moderately cohesive communities (say, a suburb or mid-sized towns and smaller) it’s not uncommon for adult males of both races (coaches, ministers, cops, etc) to liaise and meet with the teens of their respective race and put a kibosh on it.

        anon

        November 26, 2013 at 1:51 PM

  8. He’s saying not all men are Aristotle by overlooking that Aristotle is a man. Michael Moore had the same idea in Bowling for Columbine; he hypothesizes that the lack of media hype in Canada is the reason Canadians don’t lock their doors. Of course, there is less crime to hype in the first place in Canada. Bouie is right in one respect: the chances of being a knockout victim are low. We’re all more likely to be in a car accident or to drop dead from a brain aneurysm, statistically speaking. There are three ruptured brain aneurysms every minute.

    toomanyspiders

    November 26, 2013 at 9:47 AM

  9. According to this book, “Why Are So Many Black Men in Prison,” by Demico Boothe, there are approximately 10.4 million black male adults in the US. Of these, 1.5 million are currently in prison or jail, and 3.5 million are or have been on probation or parole. That’s almost 50%. Blacks make up about 75% of the prison population.

    Mr. Boothe, a convicted black male drug dealer who did time, blames three factors for this:

    (1) Irresponsible and negligent actions on the part of African-Americans, both individually and collectively, past and presently (2) A criminal justice system that has been formulated and designed for the purposes of maintaining a highly visible permanent criminal class within The United States citizenry (3) Racism and an element of right wing White supremacist-minded leadership that has found a way to modernly “re-enslave” and neutralize a large portion of the African-American population through drug proliferation, poverty, miseducation, criminalization and incarceration.

    ….

    So it’s not all Whitey’s fault. Just mostly.

    Black Death

    November 26, 2013 at 11:10 AM

  10. Blacks make up about 75% of the prison population.

    No way.

    The US prison population can be broken down somewhere along the lines of 40%-40%-20%. (white/black/Hispanic)

    Camlost

    November 26, 2013 at 2:58 PM

  11. Both sides of politics are peddling a narrative about the US.

    Drudge report is peddling the narrative that blacks are out of control because of social welfare and the deterioration of the family.

    Salon et al is peddling that white men are on the street hunting down blacks and raping black females. They are also pushing the narrative that blacks commit hardly any crimes.

    The problem with this is that they are proceeding from anecdotes to a narrative. No, you must proceed from statistics, not anecdotes.

    And the stats could not be simpler.

    56% of gun crime committed by blacks
    51% of homicides committed by blacks.

    THAT is the narrative. End.Of.Story.

    ben

    November 27, 2013 at 6:43 AM


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