• Shocking new study on youth arrests lays bare facts about crime and race in America
By Victor Thorn
The implications are shocking: Nearly 50% of all black males and 38% of white men will be arrested by the age of 23. These statistics, compiled by four college professors between the years 1997-2008, were published in the January 6 edition of the journal Crime & Delinquency.
The biggest question one takes away from this study is what types of crimes are these young adults committing? Not surprisingly, there exists a great deal of variance depending on the perpetrator’s race.
A 2012 study by the Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention revealed that in 2010 black youths committed six times more murders, three times more rapes, 10 times more robberies and three times more assaults than did their white counterparts.
Similar statistics were released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the “Uniform Crime Reports.” They determined, “In the year 2008, black youths, who make up 16% of the youth population, accounted for 52% of juvenile violent crime arrests, including 58% for homicide and 67% for robbery.” By contrast, the only categories where white youths surpassed blacks were in liquor law violations and driving under the influence.
Even black civil rights advocates such as Van Jones, President Barack Obama’s former green jobs czar, confirmed these findings. In his October 5, 2005 article, “Are Blacks a Criminal Race?” Jones wrote, “African American youth represent 32% of all weapons arrests [and] were arrested for aggravated assault at a rate nearly three times that of whites.”
To better comprehend this trend, on January 10 AMERICAN FREE PRESS spoke with veteran journalist and author Alan Caruba. When questioned about the proliferation of black crime, Caruba explained, “The black community is afflicted with all kinds of problems based on a long history of failing to integrate fully into the overall community.”
Pointing to current events, Caruba explained: “The knockout game is a good example of what’s wrong today. It goes straight to the heart of how [blacks] are raised. It’s a disturbing trend that all of us need to pay more attention to.”
The so-called “knockout game” was made popular largely by gangs of teenage blacks who select a random person and try to knock them unconscious with one punch to the head or face.
Although few publications other than AFP have the courage to buck political correctness and address the actualities of this social cancer in a forthright manner, in a 2011 speech Philadelphia’s black Mayor Michael Nutter offered the following admonishment to black youths:
“You have damaged your own race,” he said. “Take those damned hoodies down. Pull your pants up and buy a belt because no one wants to see your underwear or the crack of your butt.”
Summarizing this entire matter was former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy who, on September 30, 2005 declared: “Some identifiable groups . . . commit crime at a rate that is higher than the national rate. Blacks are such a group. That is simply a fact.”
Victor Thorn is a hard-hitting researcher, journalist and author of over 40 books.
Race, Poverty Play Greater Role in Crime Than Guns
• Gun-control advocates crowing about recent gun violence report, but facts belie wishful thinking
By Pete Papaherakles
The liberal mainstream media has been making quite a commotion over a recently released study that purports to show states with lax gun laws suffer the worst violence in the United States. In reality, much to their dismay, what the study has really exposed is something regular readers of AMERICAN FREE PRESS already know: Race and poverty play more of a factor in areas plagued by violence than do gun laws alone.
The best example of this is Tennessee, which in 2012 had the dubious distinction of ranking number one in the country for incidences of violent crime, namely murder, assault and rape.
According to the FBI statistics for that year, most of the United States saw a nearly 1% drop in crime rates. In Tennessee, however, the violent crime rate went up by 6.8%. More specifically, the Volunteer State was first in aggravated assaults, with an estimated 479.6 for every 100,000 residents for a total of 41,550 violent crimes in 2012.
On January 7, AFP interviewed longtime Tennessee resident and attorney Keith Alexander for insight into this matter.
Alexander is a co-host of the popular weekly radio program “Political Cesspool,” carried by several AM radio stations across the country as well as on Internet radio.
“The problem in Tennessee is mostly in Shelby County,” said Alexander. “Over 50% of the violent crimes happen in Shelby County, and Memphis makes up about three-quarters of the population in Shelby County.”
He added that about 65% of the population in Memphis is now black.
“Blacks flock to where whites go like fleas on a dog,” he said. “All these Mississippi Delta cities are in decay as blacks keep moving in to milk whites for money. They want affirmative action programs, government jobs, section 8 housing, and more government money for their children.”
As an attorney, Alexander understands the crime statistics for his state.
“Domestic violence is rampant among black couples,” he said. “However, the courts have a vested interest in getting more such cases prosecuted because they receive more government funds this way. Prosecutors will not allow women to drop domestic violence charges, or the men to cop a plea to a lesser charge. Instead, they urge men to plead guilty with the promise that they will not be incarcerated. But the assault still goes on their record.”
Tennessee is not alone in this. The other states in the top 10 most violent list all demonstrate similar racial and economic disparities. They include by order of their ranking: Nevada, Alaska, New Mexico, South Carolina, Delaware, Louisiana, Florida, Maryland and Oklahoma. More importantly, it is misleading to rate crime by state when it is cities that make all the difference.
Maryland stands out among the other violent states on the list given its stringent gun-control laws. Overall, the Old Line State has the highest median income in the nation, the third-lowest poverty rate and one of the highest proportions of adults with a college degree. But in Maryland’s case, one city, Baltimore, is responsible for giving that state a bad name.
There are already strict gun-control laws in Baltimore, but that has not stopped that city from becoming the fifth most dangerous in the nation, dragging the entire state down when it comes to violent crime statistics. Baltimore also has the highest poverty rate in the state and, like Memphis, a high concentration—65%—of blacks.
The 2005 report “The Color of Crime” by the New Century Foundation lays it out: “Blacks are seven times more likely than people of other races to commit murder, and eight times more likely to commit robbery. . . . Blacks are an estimated 39 times more likely to commit a violent crime against a white than vice versa, and 136 times more likely to commit robbery.”
Pete Papaherakles is a writer and political cartoonist for AFP and is also AFP’s outreach director. Pete is interested in getting AFP writers and editors on the podium at patriotic events. Call him at 202-544-5977 if you know of an event you think AFP should attend.