Are African American Males Targeted in Crimes or Is There Probable Cause? Savanna Wynn
August 24, 2013
Cultural Diversity in Professions
Crime by definition is an act or the commission of an act that is forbidden or the omission of a duty that is commanded by a public law and that makes the offender liable to punishment by that law; especially : a gross violation of law (Webster). As a society every race and gender has crime. Statistically the African American male finds himself incarcerated more often than any other race. Why? Within my research I plan to explore the possibilities of their incarcerations, explain why the African American male is more times incarcerated than any other race, look at the crimes, convictions and terms of incarceration, and I plan to explore the careers of the races. Crime is constant that has been a part of our history, if we can learn the, who, what, and how of the crime, maybe we can start to educate and prevent the crime.
Every race has a part of the population that is incarcerated. There are 34 percent more blacks than whites in prison according to research from New Century Foundation. Blacks are seven times more likely than people of other races to commit murder, and eight times more likely to commit robbery (Schrantz). Have you ever wondered why blacks are more likely to commit a crime than any other race? Violent crime rates have more to do with poverty levels in a neighborhood than with the race of local residents, according to New Century Foundation. “Black families with children under 18 headed by a single mother have the highest rate of poverty at 46.5 %”( BlackDemographics.com). Poverty and crime go hand in hand. Our goal as a nation to decrease crime should be to decrease poverty. “When blacks commit crimes of violence, they are nearly three times more likely than non-blacks to use a gun, and more than twice as likely to use a knife. Hispanics commit violent crimes at roughly three times the white rate, and...
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