Monday, June 11, 2012

White teens and drunk driving

FBI data shows that if you're the parent of a black teenager, your child is disproportionately likely to commit just about any type of crime. But are there crimes that white parents need to be particularly concerned about? The answer is yes. Roughly 90 percent of juvenile arrestees for drunkenness, liquor law violations, and driving under the influence are white (or Hispanic).

Just last Saturday night I overheard my teenage neighbors say they were going to get "white girl trashed."

6 comments:

Wm Jas said...

Out of curiosity, what race are your teenage neighbors?

Ron Guhname said...

White.

Anonymous said...

Roughly 90 percent of juvenile arrestees for drunkenness, liquor law violations, and driving under the influence are white (or Hispanic).

Given that blacks live disproportionally in urban ares, it's not surprising that they are underrepresented in drunk driving. There's just not that many black teens driving cars. That black are poorer may also have something to do with it - their parents are not buying tham a car for their 16th birthday.

Ron Guhname said...

That was my explanation in class one day, and a female black student implied I was racist for claiming that.

Dr. Anonymous said...

Did you retort with being a smartass is better than a dumbass? Or would that be considered a sexist hate crime of a protected gender minority?

Scott said...

Out of curiosity, what race are your teenage neighbors?