Friday, April 25, 2008

Blacks are 13 times more likely to commit a hate crime: Law enforcement statistics show that blacks commit hate crimes at higher rates than whites, but the difference is not huge. The problem with this kind of data is that criminal justice officials must decide whether an incident should be categorized as racially motivated, and hate crime laws were simply not made with the intention of protecting white victims.

Another limitation is that Hispanic offenders are lumped together with whites under the "white" category.

One way around this problem is to ask victims of crimes themselves if the event was racially motivated, and give them an opportunity to separate whites from Hispanics.

The 2004 National Crime Victimization Survey asked respondents if they had been victims of a racially motivated crime in the past 6 months, and they were also asked the race of the offender with the option of "other" in addition to white and black. One hundred and five cases were identified. Here is the percent distribution of the race of offender:

Percent of all racial hate crime offenders

White 21.0
Black 53.3
Other 13.3
Don't know 1.9
Residue 10.5

So, the majority of crimes committed out of racial hatred are perpetrated by blacks, but even this does not show the magnitude of the difference since the U.S. population is only 13% black. Doing the calculations, a black person is 13.3 times more likely than a white to commit this type of crime.

Blacks have a much greater problem with hatred than whites do. That goes all the way up to Reverend Wright and all the way down to the street thug.


  1. Anonymous2:19 AM

    This post is so true, there is no need for comment. Everybody knows its true.................

  2. Cheerful Misanthrope1:58 PM

    If Republicans were smart, they would stop fighting hate crime legislation and start vigorously prosecuting blacks (i.e., Democrats) with it.

    The High And Mighty will then have yet an other opportunity to say, "Oh, S--t! That's not what I intended."

  3. Ron,

    How many people participated in the '04 NCVS? I'd like to compare the percentage of those who report being the victim of a racially-motivated hate crime with the 'true' (both reported and unreported) occurence of hate crimes as estimated by the FBI. Thanks.

  4. Nevermind, I found it. There were 149,000 individuals interviewed.


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