Decrying Imaginary Racism

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In 1993 a Justice Department study tracked the experience of more than 10,000 accused felons in America’s 75 largest cities found that black defendants fared better than their white counterparts—66% of black defendants were actually prosecuted, versus 69% of white defendants; among those prosecuted, 75% of blacks were convicted, as compared to 78% of whites.[8]  Similarly, a 1996 analysis of 55,000 big-city felony cases found that black defendants were convicted at a lower rate than whites in 12 of the 14 federally designated felony categories.[9]  This finding was consistent with the overwhelming consensus of other, previous, well-designed studies, most of which indicated that black defendants were slightly less likely to be convicted of criminal charges against them than white defendants.[10]  In 1997, liberal criminologists Robert Sampson and Janet Lauritsen conducted a painstaking review of the voluminous literature on charging and sentencing, and concluded that “large racial differences in criminal offending,” and not racism, explained why proportionately more blacks than whites were in prison—and for longer terms.[11]

The foregoing realities remain as true today as they were two and three decades ago. Even though a massive industry, devoted entirely to uncovering any trace evidence of bias in the justice system, has arisen in America’s law schools and the civil-rights establishment, the net result of its cumulative efforts has been nothing more than an occasional study indicating a miniscule, unexplained racial disparity in sentencing, while most other analyses continue to find no racial effect at all.

Of course, one could never learn any of this from the “civil rights leaders” who were apparently struck mute in the aftermath of an April 3rd shooting that occurred outside a south Phoenix Taco Bell restaurant, where a 22-year-old black motorist at the drive-through window got into an altercation with Daniel Adkins, a 29-year-old, mentally disabled “white Hispanic” pedestrian. The argument grew heated, and the driver shot and killed Adkins. When police arrived at the scene, the gunman reported that Adkins had swung a bat or metal pipe at him. Though no such items were ever found at the scene, an independent witness reported that Adkins had swung his fists in the driver’s direction several times. Arizona, like Florida, has a “Stand Your Ground” law that allows a person to use deadly force when faced with a life-or-death confrontation. The gunman accordingly claimed that he had acted in self-defense, and thus he was not arrested.

While Daniel Adkins’ death was undeniably a human tragedy, it is quite conceivable that from a legal standpoint, the gunman, if in fact he felt that his life was in danger, acted within the bounds of the law. What is noteworthy, however, is that few Americans have ever heard of Daniel Adkins. Jackson and Sharpton have said nothing about him. Famous athletes and entertainers have not “tweeted” about him. And President Obama has felt no compulsion to exhort his countrymen, as he did in the wake of the Trayvon Martin killing, “to do some soul-searching to figure out how does something like this happen.” Now, why do you suppose that is?


[1] Walter Olson, “Is It Really an Injustice System?” New York Post (September 30, 1996), p. 21.  William Wilbanks, The Myth of a Racist Criminal Justice System (Monterey: Brooks/Cole, 1987), p. 6.  Stephan and Abigail Thernstrom, America in Black and White (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997), pp. 272-273.

[2] William Wilbanks, “Color Blind,” National Review (April 26, 1993), pp. 52-53.

[3] Ibid.

[4] John DiIulio, Jr., “My Black Crime Problem, and Ours,” City Journal (Spring 1996), p. 19.

[5] William Wilbanks, “Color Blind,” National Review (April 26, 1993), pp. 52-53.

[6] David Tuller, “Prison Term Study Finds No Race Link,” San Francisco Chronicle (February 16, 1990), p. 2.  Heather MacDonald, “Is the Criminal-Justice System Racist?” City Journal (Spring 2008).

[7] Charles Logan and John DiIulio, Jr., “Ten Deadly Myths about Crime and Punishment in the U.S.”  See Robert James Bidinotto, ed., Criminal Justice (Irvington-on-Hudson, New York: Foundation for Economic Education, 1994), p. 163.

[8] Stephan and Abigail Thernstrom, America in Black and White, p. 273.

[9] Walter Olson, “Is It Really an Injustice System?” New York Post (September 30, 1996), p. 21.  Robert Lerner, “Acquittal Rates by Race for State Felonies,” in Gerald A. Reynolds, ed., Race and the Criminal Justice System (Washington, DC: Center for Equal Opportunity, 1996), p. 92.

[10] William Wilbanks, The Myth of a Racist Criminal Justice System, p. 98.

[11] Heather MacDonald, “Is the Criminal-Justice System Racist?” City Journal (Spring 2008).

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  • pierce

    Decrying racism, it is not imagined, it exists, it will always exist , no matter how opened minded we think we are. I never thought, or felt I was a racist, but with the way this world is heading, with the rhetoric coming from the White House, it is making me an angry racist. I won't do anything other than espouse what I see, or hear.

    • Rocky Mountain

      Rather than become a racist, take a practical view of circumstances understanding the risks, and I realize there are many, and sift out the good and bad. We know that a lot if not most black crime affects other black people. Are these "other black people" bad too or are they just as worried and concerned as the rest of us? It is a bit of a numbers game insomuch as blacks offend at a higher rate, but all I have to do is watch one of the History Channel's prison programs to see some extremely unpleasant white people.

      • mrbean

        Talk about white guilt demonstrated in spades. First of all both pierce and you need to undertand what racism is properly defined. Racism is the dispensing and/or withholding of privileges and/or punishments based on an INDIVIDUAL'S race. 99% of people of whatever race they are, are in prison because they committed felonies. The problem in this case is the MSM agenda of covering any white-on-black crime (real or contrived) with bias and ad naustium and even falselyinh videos and audio as is the so called Trayvon Martin murder case. Everything fromusing a 5 year old picture if a 13 year old versus the 6' 1" 185 lb gold toothed tatooed teen thug he really was, the inteference of the President, the DoJ, the Florida AG with her poltical press conference and sealing all the evidence, and worse of all, an affidavit for Zimmerman's arrest that cannot even meet the minimum of standards for probable cause. An last, not charging the Black Panthers with a felony for putting out a $10,000 "Dead or Alive" bounty on Zimmerman,

      • cjk

        Please tell me which program you saw that has thousands of White people backed by a majority of White people marching to deny a Hispanic man due process because he shot a 17 year old White kid in self defense?

  • kafir4life

    He looks NOTHING like our white African president Stinky (aka BO).

  • innocen snail

    Stupid Whites obsess over "racism" while Whites are picked off and raped/beaten/killed – one by one or in twos or three or fours or fives. Whites are staring down the barrel of genocide/extinction and the only thing the Whites discuss is are they or are they not racist. News flash – racist is code for anti-White. Only Whites can be racist according to socialist libtards, and no one else can ever be racist. Deduce from this the obvious – the cards are stacked against Whites. Whether Whites are racist or not is irrelevant, they are going down.
    Its time to reject the conversation the left is constantly dictating – stop using the lefts terminology and start having some White Pride before WE ARE ALL KILLED BY THEM.

    • ajnn

      this is embarrassing.

  • mrbean

    Yesterday in The Woodlands Texas a BLACK woman stalked and shot a WHITE mother of 4 boys six times and then ran over her and stole her newborn baby. One day and a 1 to 2 minute coverage. Where are Jackson and Sharpton and the Black Community on this one? Out to lunch I guess, Oh… yes, the victim was white – don't count to the MSM – like in the Christian Channon and Christopher Newson horrific rape murders, and the other hundreds of thousands of black-on-white violent crimes committed every year in the US.

  • H&R_ Barack

    . Check THIS "imaginary" that is unspoken.

    …..Black woman shoots new mom (white) – dead and steals her baby
    RE: "Community Organizers Mobilize,"…

    Tawana Brawley
    Tawana Brawley.

    The Tawana Brawley hoax confirms that truth and fair play are irrelevant.

  • RoguePatriot6

    This whole incident has been turned into a three ring circus by the MSM, NBPP and Sharpton lynch mobs.

    The symbol of justice is a virtuous woman, blindfolded with a pair of scales. Obviously in this day and age that blind fold has developed some holes in the fabric. I only know these facts:

    MSNBC doctored audio tapes to incite racial outrage which has resulted in traumatic experiences and injuries to innocent people, who probably never heard of Trayvvon Martin or Zimmerman. These people, I'm sure, probably just wanted to be left alone and to go on with their daily lives without the drama, so sad for them, for that option was taken away, thanks to MSNBC, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and Maxine Waters and our group of model citizens who beat them simply because they were targets of oppurtunity.

    No one has raised so much as an eyebrow at the fact that the NBPP along with other instigators, put out a bounty on the head of Zimmerman, who had to flee the country for his own safety. Yes, HE HAD TO FLEE THE COUNTRY, OUR COUNTRY, A FREE COUNTRY, WHERE DUE PROCESS AND JUSTICE is suppposed to come into play. You know, the stuff that others flock to this country over because their native countries often deny them these rights. (cont'd)

  • RoguePatriot6

    I know for a fact that if I was to put a bounty on the head of a man/woman I would be subject to a law suit from that person and some really serious charges that carry some really seriously stiff penalties. But, hey, when you have the backing of people like the POTUS, the DoJ and the overwatch of the PC Protection Agency, you are above the law. This bares a frighteningly simularity to pre-Third Reich politics. Really creepy!!!!

    I know for a fact that Zimmeran, does not fit the discription of a white man.

    I know for a fact that Trayvvon Martin was 17 years old when he died yet for some strange reason the newspapers has a picture of him when he was (guesstimation) 8-10 years old. You know, if I didn't know better, I would think that they intentionally villanized Zimmerman by doing this and displaying a recent picture of him as an adult with a five o'clock shadow. Oh, I don't know, what do you think? (cont'd)

  • RoguePatriot6

    I know for a fact, that quite a few of blacks have died before and after the Trayvvon Martin shooting from drugs and gang violence at the hands of other blacks. Where's the outrage from the people like, Jesse, Al, Maxine, Louis Farrahkahn…etc, that care sooooo much about the safety and welfare of blacks? (crickets)
    Why don't they protest the local crack dealers and pimps that exploit our black teenage women? (crickets)
    Why don't they protest the senseless violence against whites who had nothing to do with the incident at all? (crickets)

  • RoguePatriot6

    I know for a fact that Trayvvon's mother said that "this shooting was probably an accident" only a few days ago. What could have changed her mind?

    I know for a fact that due to all of the manipulation by our usual race instigators along with our left leaning media, that Zimmeran, stands at best, a pretty slim chance of a fair trial.

  • Martel64

    But The Left will never decry the REAL racism of Black-on-White – Yes, Leftists,and the Black Racists you've always provided Mafia-like protection for decades: BLACKS DO HAVE "DA POW-WAH TO BE RACIST" , and MUST suffer because of it!!!!!

  • Ghostwriter

    What idiots like mrbean and innocen snail don't get is not all black people think the same. In their minds,black people are a bunch of robots who get angry for no reason. Most black people are probably revolted at what's been going on and the spectacle of people like Al Sharpton exploiting the tragedy for his own personal gain. Blacks are people too and their opinions are as diverse as whites. Sadly,the sane black people are drowned out by people like Al Sharpton and the New Black Panther Party.

    • RoguePatriot6

      thank you!!!!!

      • innocen snail

        Great only 40% of non Whites are lethal. Or is it 20%? Or is it 70% like that Black preacher says?
        Either way Whites get it in the neck and most take it and dont utter one word of complaint. The White attrition rate is too high for the next to zero recognition Whites get for attempting to open their hearts and borders to and wallets to non Whites.
        Plus there is the slow but sure disintegration of our Western culture. And the never ending assault on Whites self esteem when they are called "racists" by media commentators on a daily basis. Again Whites are supposed to take it and say nothing.
        Fact – there are now less White babies being born in the US than non White babies. Soon Whites will be a minority group. Then the fun will really start.

        • mrbean

          Fun? You mean like the USA becoming a third world country run by tribalists and crime lords?

      • mrbean

        I don't hear or see many black people being revolted and speaking up. What I see reminds me of Trayvon Martin justice is like the split screen spectacle on TV when OJ Simpson got away with double homicide – with blacks cheering because the tampered with jury of 9 Blacks and 3 intimidated white women found him not guilt despite overwhelming evidence he did it. Here, Zimmerman is being railroaded and it is obvious to all.

        • RoguePatriot6

          It's possible that this is for a couple of reasons.

          1) There maybe many that are revolted and like conservative blacks they are cowed and silenced or even threatened by those who may feel strongly about this. Many blacks have views that mimick alot of what's being said but to avoid conflicts with their freinds or family, they keep silent.
          2) There maybe a tidal wave of blacks that are truly disgusted about all of this yet as usual the MSM will never let them be heard, only the ones that are instigating the unrest are being heard. It's possible that Trayvvon's mother may have been coerced into changing her stance from "it was probably an accident" into "it was no accident". Far be it for the liberal lame stream media to ever portray blacks as anything but victims and cry babies.

          You just spoke to one (ME) that's truly outraged at all this and am tired of Jesse, Al and Dragonlady Maxine of speaking on my behalf. All they do is permanently label blacks as ignorant second class citizens that's ripping this country in half.

    • mrbean

      By the way Ghostwriter, why hasn't the New Black Panther Party been charged with a felony for putting out a Dead or Alive bounty on George Zimmerman? I hear the same old Ghostwriter whote guilt crap about the Muslims, that they don't all think alike. I don't see Muslims marching demanding an end to the 50 years of Jihadist terror. I still hear a constant vitriolic rhetoric of anti-semitism out of the Muslim community, and now demands for mosques in the military and Muslim prayer rooms in public schools. And oh yes, a recent survey, Americans and other Westerners seem willing to draw that conclusion about Muslims. Public opinion surveys in the United States and Europe show that over half of Westerners associate Islam with violence and Muslims with terrorists. Given nearly all radicals who commit violence in the name of Islam around the world are Muslims, that's both an understandable and it is an accurate polling result.

      • Ghostwriter

        I disagree with some of your post,mrbean but not all of it. The Muslims who disagree with the jihadists are scared that THEY might end up sued or dead,like so many others who go against what the radicals want. So they keep silent. I don't like the anti-semitism in mosques. Once again,most Muslims aren't going to raise the issue because they're afraid for their very lives or they don't want to cause problems. The same thing with blacks. There are many that might not like what Sharpton and the New Black Panther Party are doing,but remain silent either to keep peace with family and friends or they don't want to get hurt either economically or physically by those like the New Black Panthers.
        By the way mrbean,I agree that the New Black Panther Party should be brought up on felony charges for their bounty on George Zimmerman. But right now,let's let Zimmerman have his day in court. Hopefully,the New Black Panthers will too.

  • tagalog

    I'm tired of decrying white-on-black racism. The most virulent racism I see publicly displayed these days is black-on-white, black-on-Jews, and black-on-Asian racism. Blacks are VERY vocal about their racism. I guess you get license when your group is perceived as on the down side regardless of the reality of things.

  • Ronald Johnston

    osama obama has set race relations back 100 years!!!!! He could have really helped his race, but he hates white people so much that he is hurting the black race even more than Lyndon Johnson did with his great society!!!!

  • Schlomotion

    This article would be much more amusing if it were proclaimed from atop a soapbox in Gainesville. I want to hear the part "let us briefly survey the mountain of empirical evidence…" issued by Perazzo as the crowd gathers.

  • RonCarnine

    I'm going to share a law enforcement secret with you. You are not supposed to know this if you're not a cop,(I was one for 16yrs before an injury forced me to retire) but I'm going to share it anyway. The vast majority of cops are color blind. That's right, they could care less what color you are. Cops see things based on their work load, are you a good guy or a bad guy. If you're a bad guy they don't like you. But, they aren't going to dislike you whether you are a white bad guy or a black bad guy, they are going to dislike you because you are a bad guy. Most cops don't keep score either. They don't count how many white bad guys they arrest and then decide they have to arrest some black bad guys. Now if one race has more bad guys then cops will arrest more of that race, but they don't count that. I've seen some cops count how many felony arrests they make, or how many tickets they write, but I've never met one who counted how many black bad guys they arrest and how many white bad guys they arrest.
    I'd also like to mention a fact from history while we're discussing it. A while ago (150 yrs. I believe) over 300,000 white guys died to make sure that slavery was ended in this country. Since the vast majority of the slaves in this country were black, we could say that more than 300,000 white guys died to set their black brothers and sisters free. When I hear some black panthers talking about how the white man owes them money because of slavery I get a bit hot under the collar. When some white guy (skinhead etc) tells me that the black man is scum I get a bit hot under the collar as well. We're Americans, all of us and its time we started acting like it.

    • JoJoJams

      Ah! But it's sooo much easier to hate and blame "the other" for any problems in our lives…. To actually take responsibility for ones own life (no matter the melanin content) is too much to ask from most people. It bursts their ego's to think that they, themselves, may be at fault for their life's conditions, due to the irresponsible behavior they exhibit. It would mean they have to change…. It's much easier to blame "the other".

      • mrbean

        Kinda like the black mantra, "Whitey beez keepin meh down, Yassah, it awl beez dah white man fault." yassah!

        • Ghostwriter

          I wish you'd dump your "Amos n' Andy" routine,mrbean. It's not funny and it's really old and really stupid.