Monday, May 13, 2013

The dangers of being a black male in the U.S. vs. a soldier in World War II

Like many activities in America, crime tends to be racially segregated; four-fifths of violent crimes are committed by persons of the same race as their victims. Hence, behind high rates of blacks perpetrating violent crimes are high rates of black victimization. Black teenagers are nine times more likely to be murdered than their white counterparts… One out of every twenty-one black men can expect to be murdered, a death rate double that of American servicemen in World War II.
--Randall Kennedy, Race, Crime, and the Law. HT: Harvard Magazine