What? You mean 93% of the crimes committed in this country are perpetrated by men?
But still, 93%! Can't we as a society do something about it?
Yes. Make men stop committing crimes.
And along those lines ...
Locking away minoritiesNonsense. Racial disparities in incarceration reflect racial disparities in crime commission. Nothing more.
Roanoke Times editorial
Virginia lawmakers pretend racial disparity doesn't exist in the justice system. Results of an analysis recently released by The Sentencing Project are not at all surprising: Nationally, blacks are incarcerated at a rate nearly six times that of whites, and Hispanics at nearly double the rate.
In Virginia, blacks fare even worse.
But just because the study reflects what common knowledge and other reports have already said doesn't mean that it should be dismissed.
"Racial disparities in incarceration reflect a failure of social and economic interventions to address crime effectively and also indicate racial bias in the justice system," said the project's director, Marc Mauer. (link)
And as for that "failure of social and economic interventions to address crime effectively," how does that square with the fact that crime is on a dramatic decline? Doesn't this mean that our "social and economic interventions to address crime" are in fact proving to be very effective?
Sometimes we have a tendency to write shit simply because we've been writing it, without thinking, for decades. What made sense (and felt good) in the 60's may no longer apply, fellas. Truth be known, it probably didn't even apply back then.
To prove that not all the shallow thinkers reside in downtown Roanoke, the Richmond Times-Dispatch has pretty much the same editorial this morning. A dizzying number of statistics are provided to prove that a disproportionate number of
Whoever wrote the editorial should read his last sentence again: "Maybe racial stereotypes aren't the only ones that should be retired." If only that had been the first sentence ...