The Violent Crime Rate Of Highly Disadvantaged Black Areas

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The violent crime rate in highly disadvantaged Black areas was 22 per 1,000 residents, not much different from the 20 per 1,000 rate in similar white communities. There are still many people who mistakenly believe there is something about the “black neighbourhoods that make them more violent and prone to crime” (Krivo, L) . Krivo is a co-author of this study and associate professor of sociology at Ohio State University.The research shows that neighbourhoods with the most crime tend to be those with the highest rates of poverty and other types of disadvantage — regardless of whether they are predominantly black or white. In this study, overall rates of violence were nearly three times as high in black neighbourhoods as in white…show more content…
Along with poverty rates, the researchers also compared neighbourhoods on other measures of disadvantage: levels of male joblessness, female-headed families, and professionals living in the community. They then calculated a disadvantage index that combined all of these measures. Violent crime rates were lowest in those neighbourhoods with low disadvantage, regardless of whether they were predominantly black or white. Extremely disadvantaged neighbourhoods had violent crime rates that were “16.3 per 1000 higher than rates in low disadvantage neighbourhoods”. (Patterson, R 1989.) The results showed that extremely disadvantaged black neighbourhoods still had slightly higher violent crime rates than did similar white neighbourhoods. One possible reason may be that the “black neighbourhoods in this study are still more disadvantaged than the comparable white neighbourhoods”. (Patterson, R 1989.) In addition, the highly disadvantaged black neighbourhoods were more likely than the white neighbourhoods to be grouped together, which may intensify the negative effects. The researchers also looked at property crimes in the study. The results were similar in that extremely disadvantaged neighbourhoods -- both white and black -- had comparable rates of crime. However, in the case of property crimes, white neighbourhoods had slightly higher rates than did black communities. This may be “because residents in the black neighbourhoods
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