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  •  statistics show black men... (0+ / 0-)

    commit violent crime at a higher rate than any other race.  Period.  Its not even close.  Even the most ardent progressive prison reform people know that to be true.  Now there are reasons for this that are built in to a still racially motivated social structure.  here is a good summary imo.

    "Prof. ALEXANDER: Yes, that's absolutely right. You know, most people assume that, you know, the prison explosion has been driven by violent crime rates. And it is true that African-American men do have higher rates of violent crime than white men.

    William Julius Wilson explored this in his book "When Work Disappears." He shows that, you know, people who are jobless have higher rates of violent crime, and in fact he cited research which shows that, you know, if you compare white, jobless men with black, jobless men, you know, the racial disparity in violent crime virtually disappears.

    So, you know, what we're dealing with when we're talking about violent crime is chronic joblessness in urban areas where work has disappeared due to the closing of factories, deindustrialization and globalization."

    •  again (0+ / 0-)

      see my comments above and elsewhere. "rates" do not scale down to individuals. thus, it is illogical to use claims about aggregates to gin up fear about individual people. you are fixated on the black bogeyman. thus my point of how this narrative does amazing work in this society. moreover, you are silent on "white" crimes--many of them violent. Again, my other point.

      If you want to be afraid of someone look in their mirror, they are likely going to be a member of your own group or someone you know.

      •  Wrong. (0+ / 0-)

        In my city, until recently, of Birmingham,al most violent crimes against whites and blacks were committed by young black men.  You are glossing over a HUGE issue.  Black men commit violent crimes at an astounding rate.

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