Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Heather MacDonald Debunks NYC Racial Profiling

Once again, Heather MacDonald breaks through the racial profiling mythology to explain why cops stop and frisk so many blacks.

In response to Al Sharpton’s latest racial tantrum, MacDonald writes:

…blacks committed 68.5 percent of all murders, rapes, robberies, and assaults in New York last year, though they are only 24 percent of the city’s population. Whites, who make up 34.5 percent of New Yorkers, committed 5.3 percent of those crimes. Blacks are nearly 13 times more likely to commit violent crimes than whites.

In light of this massive disparity in crime rates, the police stop-and-frisk data are not just reasonable but inevitable. Last year, 55 percent of police stops were of blacks—a proportion far below the 68.5 percent of violent crime that blacks commit—while 11 percent of stops were of whites, nearly double their 5.3 percent contribution to violent crime.