September 13, 2005
Color Of Crime, Sound Of (Big Media)
[Recently by Jared Taylor: Further Down The
Road (Paved With Good Intentions)]
Today, September 14, the New
Century Foundation releases The Color of Crime,
our relentlessly factual study of race, crime, and the
criminal justice system.
For anyone who ever wondered just how much more likely
blacks or Hispanics
are than whites to commit various crimes, the answers
It takes hard work to pry the facts out of the reluctant
grip of federal crime databases. But the results are
Blacks are just 13 percent of the population but
they commit more than half the muggings
in the country. Hispanics commit violent
crimes at about three times the white rate.
The proportion of blacks and Hispanics in an area
is the single best indicator of how dangerous it
is. The racial mix is a much better predictor of
crime rates than poverty,
Although Jesse Jackson and Bill Cosby wring their
hands over black-on-black mayhem, blacks actually
commit more violent crime against whites than blacks.
A black is about 39 times more likely to do violence
to a white than the other way around, and no less
than 130 times more likely to rob a white.
And yes, everyone's suspicions about rape are correct:
Every year there are about 15,000 black-on-white
rapes but fewer than 900 white-on-black rapes. There
are more than 3,000 gang rapes of whites by blacks—but
white-on-black gang rapes are so rare they do not
even show up in the statistics.
There is plenty more—but just as interesting will be
how the Mainstream Media will treat these facts.
Back in 1999, we released
an earlier, less detailed version of this report. [PDF] Even before
publication, the Associated Press, Time, CBS Evening
News, National Public Radio, Knight-Ridder, and
the Washington Times wanted copies. A dozen other
media organizations, including the Washington Post,
attended the press conference with
which we launched the report. At the same time, we arranged
to have copies delivered to more than 450 news organizations
with offices in the Washington, DC area.
The result: complete silence—with one exception. The
Washington Times ran a substantial story on the
report, in which it interviewed several prominent criminologists
who confirmed the accuracy of our numbers but said they
were too inflammatory to be discussed
publicly. [VDARE.COM note:
One other exception: Dr. Walter Williams, in his
Maybe no other editors thought people are interested
in race and crime.
Or maybe they were afraid people are too interested.
Some years back, a group called Violence Free Duluth
Minnesota, studied a year's worth of the city's
gun crimes. They looked into type of gun used, whether
were involved, the relationship between shooter and
victim; age, race, and sex of criminal, etc.
But when they released their report they left one
thing out: race of perp.
Jewell, head of the organization, explained that
"we didn't include it because it might be misinterpreted."
Duluth's deputy police chief Robert
Grytdahl added that race might distract whites from
the real problem: "It's a comfortable place for white
people to park the [gun crime] problem. It would
be a huge distraction, and we wanted to focus on firearms."
Gun, Crime Study Withholds Race Data, [Pay Archive]
By Larry Oakes, Minneapolis Star Tribune, April
Mr. Jewell and Mr. Grytdahl are saying, almost in
so many words, that the people of Duluth can't be
trusted with the truth.
Duluth is about 90 percent white. What if it turned
out most of the gun crime was committed by the other
Someone might think Duluth has, not a gun problem,
but a minority problem.
When an organization deliberately suppresses its findings
like this, it is not doing research: it is putting out propaganda.
It is impossible to know whether the national media
suppressed the findings in our earlier report or just
didn't think they were newsworthy.
But if they thought no one was interested in race and
crime they were wrong. Radio talk show hosts
greeted the report with shouts of joy.
Over the years, I have spoken on hundreds of radio
programs. But no other subject has ever caught the attention
of hosts and listeners the way this one did.
Over and over, I was asked to stay on the program longer
than scheduled because listeners could not get enough.
Producers called up a week later and had me back again
because listeners demanded it. Some producers even called
because they had heard me on a rival station and wanted
a piece of the ratings bonanza.
Most whites lose the power of speech when the subject
is race, but they can tuck right into a purely factual
discussion of crime rates. Everybody—and I mean everybody—knows
blacks commit crime way
out of proportion to their numbers. People want
to know just how way out the proportions are.
Needless to say, some listeners didn't want to hear
that blacks are in
jail for robbery at 15 times the white rate. A surprising
number of black callers claimed our "racist"
white government cooks the statistics. Most white callers
said one of two things: either that I was "racist"
or that I was brave. (Somehow, no one ever thought I
was a brave racist.)
It is a sorry day in America when you are either brave
or racist if you dig up and publicize crime data the
Department of Justice has been collecting for decades.
The main point of the "racism" accusation was
that, even if the numbers were true, publicizing them
only encourages other "racists" and feeds stereotypes.
This is the Frank Jewell argument: White people can't
be trusted with the facts.
Of course, the Internet makes
it hard to keep facts under
the rug. People know the big media are
of pablum; that's why they come to sites like VDARE.COM
and my own American
In fact, more and more people are laughing outright
at mainstream prudery. When I talked about crime on
the radio, talk-show hosts were exultant: "You didn't
read about this in the Baltimore
Sun did you? That's right, folks, this is where
you get the real news."
This time around, it would be pleasant if AP or the
LA Times wrote
about The Color of Crime.
But we're not counting on it.
The internet and talk radio will get the word out—and
big media will sink just a little further in the minds
of people who are tired of being told they can't be
trusted with the truth.
Jared Taylor (email him) is editor of American Renaissance and the author of Paved
With Good Intentions: The Failure of Race Relations
in Contemporary America. (For
Peter Brimelow’s review, click here.) He is sorry his organization is too poor to give
away free copies of The
Color of Crime, and urges
you to buy it here—$8.95 each, ten copies for $60.