Race and Crime

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"The Uniform Crime Report statistics state that blacks are more frequently arrested than whites. While this may mean that blacks actually commit more crime, what are some other factors that may be driving the statistics?"

"If black neighborhoods are under more police surveillance than white neighborhoods, what does this mean for crime statistics?"

"Can you give examples of how blacks receive differential treatment in the criminal justice system?"

What are your thoughts? Remember to back your comments up with supporting evidence.

Maybe the reason blacks are arrested more often is because their neighborhoods are watched more than white neighborhoods, maybe because the police officer on duty doesn 't like black people.

Other things that
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The belief that black crime is disproportionate is true, but the belief that African-Americans are responsible for a majority of crime is false. Why is it that we hardly see crime represented in other colors? There is no term "criminalwhiteman" yet people use the term "criminalblackman?" If more White criminals were in the media 's spotlight, the public image of crime would be completely different. Still, the Black stereotype will never go away unless the media exposes the "criminalblackman" as a misrepresentation. Whites who live in mainly suburban and rural areas, actually commit at a disproportionate rate as well. Only if the public could actually see the amount of Whites committing crimes, they would learn that their racial views about crime were misplaced.

The O.J. Simpson case was proof of the racial division and views about how the law handles cases. Had he been an average middle or lower class Black man who couldn 't afford a good attorney, he would have definitely been found guilty. Even with such overwhelming evidence that this injustice exists to poor minorities, you would never know it by examining the outcome of most minorities accused of a crime. When it comes to statistics, lack of information may be misleading. The media 's overemphasis on how differently Whites and Blacks viewed the criminal case also masked the fact that many African-Americans believed Simpson was guilty, and many Whites believed he was not guilty. In
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