The plot thickens: As a follow-up to the last post, I wanted to see if the risk of arrest varies by hair color. I found that people with red or salt and pepper hair had the highest rates of arrest when stopped. As I wrote before, 4.1% of the entire sample was arrested.
Percent with red hair who were arrested
White Hispanic 10.9
All cases 8.0
Percent with salt and pepper hair arrested
Black Hispanic 8.7
White Hispanic 9.1
All cases 8.0
When I saw the number for red-headed blacks, my first thought was Malcolm X. Then I remembered an analysis I did of GSS data which showed that Scottish Americans are angrier people than blacks. (The Irish, not so much). And I have no idea on folks with salt and pepper hair. It's most common among whites. You guys gotta help me out with an explanation.
I charge the NYPD with gingerism--prejudice against redheads.
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