Five Myths of the ‘Racist’ Criminal Justice System

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Calling America’s criminal justice system “racist” is not confined to “civil rights leaders” like the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. Then-Sen. Barack Obama, during the 2008 presidential campaign, said it, too. Blacks and whites, said Obama, “are arrested at very different rates, are convicted at very different rates (and) receive very different sentences … for the same crime.”

When the man who became president of the United States says this — the No. 1 law enforcement officer — it must, therefore, be true.

Let’s examine five major assumptions behind this assertion.

1) Blacks are arrested at higher rates compared to whites — but wrongly so.

Not true. While only 13 percent of the population, blacks accounted for 28 percent of nationwide arrests in 2010 and 38.1 percent of arrests for violent crime (murders, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault). But are they unfairly arrested? Studies find that arrest rates by race are comparable to the race of suspect identification by victims.

For example, in a given city, x number of robbery victims describe their assailants as black — whether or not the suspect has been apprehended. It turns out that the race of those arrested matches the percentage given by victims. This has been found repeatedly across the country, in all categories of crime where the race of an assailant is identified. So unless the victims are deliberately misidentifying their assailants — unconcerned about whether the suspect is apprehended and knowingly give a false race — blacks are not being “over-arrested.”

2) Blacks are convicted at higher rates and given longer sentences than whites for the same crime.

Not true. Differences in conviction and sentencing rates by race are due to differences in the gravity of the criminal offenses, prior records or other legal variables. A 1994 Justice Department survey of felony cases in the country’s 75 largest urban areas actually found lower felony prosecution rates for blacks than whites and that blacks were less likely to be found guilty at trial.

3) The sentence disparity between powder and crack cocaine is racist and accounts for a large percentage of imprisoned blacks.

Not true. Concerned about the deadly effect of crack within their own communities, black members of Congress led the charge to pass the 1986 federal drug laws. The bill that was passed — which included the crack/powder sentencing disparity — did so with the support of the majority of black congresspersons.

None at the time objected to the sentencing disparity as “racist.”

In 2006, the feds tried 5,619 crack sellers, and 4,495 of them were black — out of the 562,000 blacks in state and federal prisons at the end of that year. Add in county and city jails, and the figure rises to 858,000. And states’ crack cocaine laws are not the culprits. Only 13 states employ differing sentencing guidelines for crack vs. powder — and their differential is much smaller than that of the feds.

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  • Ken

    Facts kinda get in the of the argument.

  • Big G

    Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries.

    The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them.

    Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites.

    What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?

    How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?

    And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this?

    But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white.

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.

    • Fred Dawes

      You can see, thank you.


      Do you think they know it is a code word?

  • John C. Davidson

    I am glad to see this article included in your usual array of enlightening ones. I made it a highlight of my Tweets yesterday.

  • Fred Dawes

    We live in a totally stupit and some-times race hate system, but who are the real Racists?

  • mrbean

    Black's negative attitudes, criminal actions, and lack of personal responsibility are destroying civilized societies. Non-blacks build and advance education, blacks destroy and dumb down education. They need to learn to stop being bitter, take some personal responsibility, condemn black criminal behavior, and contribute positively to society instead demanding handouts and acting like a wild bunch of uncivilized animals then they wouldn't be such a parasitic albatross on the backs of whites

    • Ghostwriter

      Where do you get this stuff,Stormfront or the KKK website?

      • mrbean

        Do you live in a cocoon? You do not see white mobs attacking blacks, white flash mobs robbing stores, white men raping black women is a rarity, and 2/3 of all violent crime is committed by blacks. You don't seem to have a problem with AG Eric Holder and him not arresting the Black Panthers for putting a Dead or alive bounty on George Zimmerman. Youse dun hab dah coniption wenn ah say dat dah black peoples gots dah hating whitey attitudes. Yassah, youse musta beez ejumacated ats sum libral deeploma mill. mettt…metttt,,,mettt

        • Ghostwriter

          I'm no fan of the New Black Panthers,mrbean. They deserve to rot in jail. But,I'm also not a fan of your "Amos n' Andy" routine. It's ineffective and blatantly unfunny.

      • Roger Chapmen

        Actually I get from being around black people who won't speak proper english, have 70% of their childen out side of marriage, Think there entitiled for all their needs, and refuse to try to do better in school.

      • detroit wasp

        Go on YouTube and search on "flashmob" what do you notice about all of the mobs robbing and beating store owners?????????

        Contrary to liberal beliefs, denying facts is not a measure of intelligence.

  • sedoanman

    “More young black men languish in prison than attend colleges and universities across America.”

    So? How are the numbers even related? If true, sounds like black men need to hit the books more and the streets less.


    Black men murder, rape and rob EVERY SINGLE DAY.

    Knock yourselves out…visit some of these white nationalist websites, you'll see for yourself.

    • Ghostwriter

      Not all of them. Just the criminals.

      • mrbean

        Yassah, an sho beez awl daj white man fault cause dah man beez keepin' meh down. Yassah. mettttt…..mettttt……mettttttt. Yassah… gips meh mo' welfair monies an dah resparations fuh dah salvry an den Ah don't robs youse honkay crackas!

        • Ghostwriter

          Once more,it has to be said. Your "Amos n' Andy" routine isn't funny and it's appalling. Not only that,it's stupid. I've got a recommendation for you. As they used to say in the old "Fat Albert" series,you remind me of school at Christmastime. No class.

          • JTThrasher

            Fat Albert? You mean the cartoon with the character named Mush Mouth? "Ida sorry Alber', I din' know he wuz your frien'." Even Bill Cosby knows that too many blacks talk like semi-retarded childrennd act the fool streets. He said so himself.

      • MAD JEWESS

        There are MANY of them.
        Since you are here, you should read Horowitz book "The Race Card".

        It is what it is. The Bolshevik/Marxists enabled this evil

  • H&R_ Barack

    RE: Five ‘Racist’ Myths …..the check is in the mail.

    Q: How do they say “f*^k you stupid!” – – – in the Obama administration?

    A:……….." Keep the CHANGE cracker".

  • 1proactive2

    I work as a psychologist in a prison. The politicization and exploitation of the black criminal lifestyle only adds to the urban insanity, not to mention greater motivation for black criminals yet to be convicted. Prison to the average black felon is merely another temporary home, and they do not have any trouble adapting upon arrival. Really, it isn't a problem for them.

    Prison for a black felon is also an expected pit stop where they can expect street cred when eventually paroled, but if their crime demands a life sentence, they set up a lifestyle with all the sex and and comforts – legal or otherwise – they can get. Most black felons are bi-sexual, and will satisfy their sexual impulses on another willing or unwilling man/boy they can dominate. Their emotional maturity level, like most felons, is pre-adolescent which is between ages 8 and 12 inclusive.

    One particular trait of a black felon is that most have a need to humiliate their victims either in prison or during the commission of their crimes. Something about making humans beg or cry truly stimulates black criminals. They laugh at the misery and suffering they cause. Murder is their preferred "status" crime, and they are hands-down the the league-leaders in that category.

    To the black political exploiters of the prison system: You are a major part of the urban destruction industry. That include the current prez.


      That must be a hard job. Wow, you have my daven/prayers

  • Westie

    1proactive2, interesting info, you must have many more insights into black prison culture.

  • anonymous

    Are you going to provide any links to substantiate your claims or just spit up numbers?

  • Gary Knapp

    Pacify Anonymous please. Providing the data sources would be helpful to every community with a huge criminal problem, particularly communities like mine to where blacks have moved and the crime rate has risen through the roof. All we hear is racist this and racist that, but living with the truth we know better.

  • Donna L. Calaw

    Anonymous, it seems to me that you are the one who needs to provide some links to refute what Elder is saying. Are you willing or able to do that? If not, the information in the article stands. The information is readily available from government sources, even.
    Why not start there?