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Location: Tampa, FL, United States

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Racism or math?

A reader wrote and expressed concern that my comments on Rosa Parks and Ray Moore were racist or at least, perhaps, symptomatic for having latent racist tendencies. The Rosa Parks-related observations haven't been racially motivated but rather math-driven (or statistics-driven).

I recently dropped off some material on Shaken Baby Syndrome in the mailbox of an African-American woman. I read in the local rag about her being thrown in the slammer because a baby in her care was found bruised by the mother when she picked her up. Why did I do this? (Read the post from September 26 for background information on Shaken Baby Syndrome. That helps to connect the dots). Do I think she's innocent? I don't know but having talked to her on the phone it sure sounded like a vaccine-related injury and not a brutal daycare worker pummeling her little client.

Before heading to her mailbox, unannounced, I tried to secure accompaniment by an African-American friend from work to appear more hood-friendly. He couldn't make it but I went anyway. In the daytime of course.

Why the "paranoia?" It's a statistic-based issue, not a race issue. African-Americans are much more likely to commit crimes against caucasions than they are against other African-Americans. Author John Perazzo analyzed statistics from the U.S. Department of Justice and calculated the risk of being a victim of black-on-white crime is 56X greater than it is to be a black victimized by a white.

Jerry Oliver, the African-American Chief of Police in Richmond, Virginia in 2000 wrote, "Here are some facts to think about: From 1995 to 1999, Richmond logged 541 total homicides; 85 percent, or 459, were African-Americans. Nearly 80 percent of the known suspects were also African-Americans. Actual crime numbers are down; however, during 1999, 89 percent of the forcible rapes, 85 percent of the aggravated assaults, and 95 percent of the armed robberies in our city were committed by African-Americans chiefly upon other African-Americans.

The level of violent black-on-black crime in the African-American community has consequences far more devastating, in my view, than the racism often cited by our leadership and civil rights activists. The overwhelming majority of black people, of course, are law-abiding citizens. Too many, however, live in high-crime areas, huddled in their homes, preyed upon day and night by black thugs, in living conditions that other Americans would not believe or tolerate. What's even worse is that they have a misguided sense of loyalty to civil rights activists and other leaders like those represented on the Virginia Advisory Committee who give aide and comfort to black criminals in reports like this one by making excuse after excuse for their blatant and inexcusable criminal behavior."

Universities don't teach this stuff and the media generally doesn't report it. To do so could hurt them either politically, financially, or both. A current example is the failure of the media to point out the rioters in France is a militant Islamic movement at its core. But we're told its about disenfranchised youth, including many blacks. That latter description is secondary at best.

For me to drive in a high crime area with a high degree of African-American residents increases my risk to bodily harm so I take precautions. It doesn't mean I'm a racist.


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