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  •  I'm not talking about racism in the criminal (1+ / 0-)
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    justice system - which is clearly present.  I'm talking about the fact that a young black male has more to fear from someone of his own skin color than someone of a different color.

    Look, I tried to be reasonable...

    by campionrules on Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 09:39:26 AM PST

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    •  Might the fact that many people (2+ / 0-)
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      in the United States associate only with people of their own race be a factor in your observation?  Or the fact most personal crimes (assault, rape, murder, &c) are more often than not committed by persons the victim knows?  That's compounded by the reality that many communities in the US are still extremely segregated.

      Just asking for a bit of context.

      •  Oh yes, (0+ / 0-)

        Poverty, urban core segregation, low levels of income all correlate with higher instances of crime. I'm not indicating at all that Black men are more prone to violence, rather that because a larger majority of black men live(grouped together) in situations reflecting these issues leads to a heightened level of violence within their group.

        Basically, homicide statistics break down that people are much more likely to kill others of the same race, rather than cross racial. Black individuals make up a large percentage of all homicides when you factor in their percentage of the population but it's their socio-economic situation that drives that, not skin color.

        Look, I tried to be reasonable...

        by campionrules on Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 11:41:13 AM PST

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        •  Based strictly on news reports (which are ... (0+ / 0-)

          ... anecdotal, selected, etc.), in many parts of the City of Chicago, cross racial gun violence seems to be significantly less prevalent. This is particularly true for gang-related violence.

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          by TRPChicago on Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 11:59:26 AM PST

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      •  Most Black-on-Black violence, (0+ / 0-)

        in my experience, is based on revenge and a misguided sense of pride... "This nigga dissed me/robbed me/fucked my girlfriend so now he gon' get his".  Too many feel that if they don't retaliate they will look weak.  A lot of things(like the socio-economic factors that campionrules mentions above) contribute to this mentality.  Some are solvable, others are not.

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