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There is a reason why murder mysteries ask “who done it?” …

... and not "to whom was it done?" has an AFP story today with the headline "Nearly half US murder victims are black: report". The article starts out by telling us:

"African-Americans are victims of nearly half the murders committed in the United States despite making up only 13 percent of the population ... Around 8,000 of nearly 16,500 murder victims in 2005, or 49 percent, were black Americans, according to the report released by the statistics bureau of the Department of Justice."

The article then gives a bunch of other statistics about murder victims, including this tidbit:

"Most murder victims -- 93 percent of blacks and 85 percent of whites -- were killed by someone of their own race."

If these statistics are accurate, blacks were responsible for 93% of murders committed in 2005 in which the victim was black (7,440) and 15% of murders in which the victim was white (1,275), or 8,715 out of 16,500 murders. That means that blacks, who make up 13% of the population, committed 53% of U.S. murders in 2005.

It is unfortunate that blacks make up 49% of murder victims in this country, but I am more interested in the fact that they commit 53% of the murders. After all, if I want to avoid being murdered, isn't it more important to know who is doing the killing (so I can avoid those people) then to know who the last victim was?

Of course the media would rather describe blacks as victims of violent crime than perpetrators of violent crime. It is so much more PC, don't you know.

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