4 comments on “When Race and Crime Intersect

  1. It’s a fact. Some Black people commit crimes, just as some white people commit crimes. Occasionally, a Black person victimizes a white person, and vice-versa. However, the facts remain: 1. The overwhelming majority of Black people, like the overwhelming majority of white people, are not criminals 2.The overwhelming majority of crime victims fall victim to someone of their own race. 3. When an individual is victimized by someone of a different race, it does not mean that the crime is inherently motivated by racial antagonism.

    Tendentious narratives based on anecdotes about cross-racial crime do not provide a meaningful picture of the causes of crime.

  2. This is not an issue of race. It is simply the tragic story of a woman killed. The killer just so happened to be African-American. It would be no less tragic and gruesome had the killer been white or any other race. Murder is murder.

  3. “I’m just wondering if black-on-white crime has any hint of racial motivation; whether it’s malevolence against whites or an assumption that whites provide a bigger prize.”

    I think this is an important point. Racial antagonism and malevolence don’t necessarily have to be the catalysts for crime. It is just a widely held belief that whites in America are typically much better off than the average person. Of course, that is a ridiculous and faulty premise. There are plenty of poor white people in this country. But then again how many criminals have the intelligence and sophistication to see that? IIn my opinion, THAT is where the racial element is involved. Criminals see young white girls (like college coeds) and assume these kids are living off allowances from their rich daddies. Or they stalk the white man in a three-piece pinstrip suit and assume that he is a seven-figure earning executive. To them, these white people are perfect targets because – in the criminal’s mind – they’ve got the money.

    There are a thousand reasons why people commit crime against one another. This is just one of them.

  4. If Vance is truly guilty, then throw the book at him. But I’m not so quick to pull the lever on him just yet. There are some serious questions that have to be answered. For one, how could police come to conclude that Vance’s girlfriend pawning off goods points directly to Vance and Pressly? Secondly, who did the DNA investigation? Was it before or after Vance was apprehended? We all know police screw things up all the time. It’s possible that also happened here. The problem is, people are so zealous about seeing somebody pay for this, they may be willing to allowing Vance to take the fall without so much as verifying the accuracy of the evidence collected.

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