Saturday, 19 June 2010

Race, crime and sheep

The Justice Department's recent publication of figures breaking down arrests, convictions and the like by race contains few surprises.

One table that caught my eye was the number of arrests per 1,000 population; Northumbia and Cleveland with 45 and 44 were the highest, Wiltshire and Surrey with 15 and 16 the lowest. Must be the sheep.

There is an unfortunate unspoken rebuke hanging over the many tables of figures showing the higher arrest and conviction rates for black persons. Unfortunate because it's wrong. The entire set of tables are missing data on the one, single factor that would make sense of the seeming inconsistencies - whether the offenders grew up with their biological fathers, or not. Some 57% of Afro-Carib kids grow up without their father, a far higher proportion than the white population. We know that this carries a higher risk of contact with crime, either as a victim or as a criminal. We'd therefore expect blacks to be more criminal than whites as a result, and lo, the figures show this to be the case.

The real crime is amongst those who would deceive us that the system is racist, rather than admit that the bastardy rate amongst the blacks is the proximate cause for the anomaly. Being black doesn't predispose you to criminality; not growing up with your real dad does.

4 comments:

JuliaM said...

"Some 57% of Afro-Carib kids grow up without their father, a far higher proportion than the white population. "

Overall, perhaps. But localised?

Sadly, I suspect this is one statistic differential that won't hold true for long...

Anonymous said...

Does this hold true also when the State itself for forty years has been a single mother whore, providing Welfare without discernment, so the whole population of crack-heads now await a Communist/Islamic 'Father - protector' to save them into submission?

Anonymous said...

"being black doesn't predispose you to crime" - some facts on this assertion please.
Otherwise you might claim that nostril structure was the cause.

Anonymous said...

"being black doesn't predispose you to crime" - some facts on this assertion please.
Otherwise you might claim that nostril structure was the cause.