Race and Ethnicity

Black on Black Crime: The Myth

While it’s true that black males are 7% of the US population but commit 50% of the homicides, this data involves far less than 1% of black Americans overall, and is geographically contained to areas with high poverty rates.

By Letitia Garred AnInjusticeMag

A study by the U.S. Department of Justice shows that white-on-white crime is comparable to the rate of so-called black-on-black crime.

During this time of increased racial tension, the opposition will point to other aspects of supposed racial importance that are “overlooked”. The political dog whistle that is Black-on-black crime is an example of this behavior.

Black-on-black crime is a phrase that has been used as long as I can remember to disrupt the conversation and change the narrative from racial bias and discrimination to how blacks are the biggest threat to other blacks. The myth helps to propagate the notion that black people are inherently violent criminals. The most used statistic is that black people make up 13% of the population but 54% of all murders. While technically true, that statistic is misleading. Black people make up 54% of all murder arrests despite being 13% of the population; the data cited does not account for the number convicted of murder.

A study by the U.S. Department of Justice shows that white-on-white crime is comparable to the rate of so called black-on-black crime. From 1980 to 2008, numbers show that murder was intra-racial. Meaning that the murders happened within the same race. In fact, 84% of white victims were killed by a white offender and 93% of black victims were killed by a black offender. If the rate of intra-racial violence is similar in both races, why does no one talk about white-on-white crime?

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