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  •  I do not have the statistics (0+ / 0-)

    But suspect if you control for income and/or unemployment, past incarceration, etc the numbers may equalize a bit more.  Also blacks are more likely to simply be arrested, and the FBI stats are for arrests, not convictions.  

    I suspect that the very high rates of incarceration might also increase risk.  It's part of the failed war on drugs.  Black men are disproportionately imprisoned, for longer, for drug crimes than whites for a host of reasons... law enforcement patterns, differences in sentencing for crack vs rock cocaine, etc etc.  On an individual basis and in the aggregate, you might expect a little more violence in a population who is cut off from employment due to the difficulties of finding work with a criminal record.

    I suspect that the murder rate among white meth addicts and dealers has got to be as high or higher as that among black crack dealers.  There are all sorts of ways to split the data - put white people in similarly situated environment and no doubt you'll have a similar murder rate.

    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

    by ivorybill on Thu Mar 29, 2012 at 06:37:26 PM PDT

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