With all of the recent national media coverage, protests, and viral slogans like ‘White Silence is Violence,’ you may have believed that America has a racism problem, and that white Americans are the culprits.
You may have also noticed Lebron James’ recent tweet claiming that black Americans are ‘literally being hunted’ by white Americans every time they step foot outside their homes. But is this actually statistically and scientifically true?
We taken the time to dig deep into all available statistics, multi-variant analyses, and singular data points to find out. Based on all of the empirical information that exists, it seems to be the case that the reverse of James’ claim may actually have a better argument.
You would think that most Americans would care about what the science they declare they support concludes, but based on what we have seen over the past couple of years, this doesn’t seem to be the case. Here are the facts…
Hate Crime and Hate Groups
The national media often fails to mention that black Americans are vastly overrepresented among perpetrators of hate crimes—by 50 percent—according to recent Justice Department data from 2017; whites are underrepresented by 24 percent. It also doesn’t appear to matter which year we look at in regards to hate crimes, as the below results are fairly consistent. Additionally, black Americans commit hate crimes at a rate that is three times higher than whites per 100,000 according to FBI crime data from 2016 and 2017. All of this data available, and yet the numerous congressional hearings on “White Nationalism” may have made you believe otherwise. Black Americans are also more than twice as likely to be in a hate group than white Americans, according to the SPLC’s own data.
The national media often fails to mention that black Americans are vastly overrepresented among perpetrators of hate crimes—by 50 percent—according to recent Justice Department data from 2017; whites are underrepresented by 24 percent. It also doesn’t appear to matter which year we look at in regards to hate crimes, as the below results are fairly consistent.
Additionally, black Americans commit hate crimes at a rate that is three times higher than whites per 100,000 according to FBI crime data from 2016 and 2017. All of this data available, and yet the numerous congressional hearings on “White Nationalism” may have made you believe otherwise.
Black Americans are also more than twice as likely to be in a hate group than white Americans, according to the SPLC’s own data.
Hate Attacks and Domestic Terrorism
Black nationalists are also vastly more likely to commit an attack than white nationalists are. There are countless anecdotal examples that the national media chooses not to cover widely, but this objective truth is also backed up by all available data we have.
Some of these examples are as follows:
Kori Ali Muhammad mortally wounded three white males during a targeted shooting spree in Fresno, California, on April 18, 2017. According to his social media posts, Muhammad expressed a strong dislike toward “white people” as well as government officials. He made reference to “a race war against whites,” the evils of “white devils” and being a “black soldier.”
David N. Anderson, 47, and Francine Graham, 50 killed six people in Jersey City, targeting a kosher Jewish market. Authorities also suspected that the two assailants may have been involved in a separate killing in neighboring Bayonne, N.J., according to New Jersey’s attorney general, Gurbir S. Grewal.
Micah Xavier Johnson, who killed five police officers in Dallas, was increasingly drawn to black nationalist ideology and attended several meetings of the People’s New Black Panther Party.
Gavin Eugene Long, who killed three officers in Baton Rouge, said he belonged to the Washitaw Nation, an obscure black nationalist group that claims ownership to the huge swath of the United States obtained in the Louisiana Purchase on the belief that they are descended from a U.S. indigenous group.
According to the department of homeland security, from 2015 through 209, black Americans are over-represented by 19.4% in domestic extremist attacks, while white Americans are under-represented by 32% in domestic extremist attacks.
Black Americans make up only 13% of the American population, yet made up over 32% of the domestic extremist attacks from 2015 to 2019. White Americans make up 62% of the population, yet during the same time period accounted for 29% of the domestic extremist attacks.
Moreover, the narrative that domestic terror attacks by right-wing’ white Americans are more likely to occur than Islamic terror attacks, is extremely misleading.
In 2017, California State Senate Leader Kevin de León called for hearings on what his office described as the rise of the white supremacist movement. During this Hearing De’ Leon claimed that “Radical right-wing terrorism is on the rise in our great country. And since 2008, terrorist attacks on the U.S. soil carried out by right-wing extremist groups, including white supremacists, outnumber those by Islamic jihadists by two to one. That is a statistical fact.”
Politifact subsequently fact-checked his claim, but didn’t rate it because if they were to, it would certainly result in a ‘pants on fire’ rating. Here are the facts:
Reveal reported finding 115, tied to ‘right-wing extremists’ compared with terror “incidents” tied to ‘Islamist groups’ from January 2008 through the end of 2016.
According to a widely shared GAO report, 85 deadly attacks in the United States were carried out by violent extremists resulting in 225 deaths. More people died during attacks connected with Islamic jihadists.
Of those 225 deaths by extremists:
• 106 individuals were killed by far-right violent extremists in 62 separate incidents;
• 119 individuals were killed by radical Islamist violent extremists in 23 separate incidents
The full context is what most of the media leaves out: Muslims of all ages living in the U.S. in 2017, made up about 1.1% of the total U.S. population. White Americans make up approximately 62% of the total U.S. population.
If we put this into context, Muslims in America are more than 20 times more likely to commit an extremist attack than white Americans per 100,000, based on these numbers since the 9/11 attacks have occurred. Muslims in the U.S. are also approximately 60 times more likely than white Americans to commit an extremist murder.
But are the GAO numbers actually accurate? The source in question is a 2017 Government Accountability Office study titled “Countering Violent Extremism.” The study is flimsy at best on what constitutes a right-wing terrorist attack. On page 29 of the study for example, describes one of the attacks as “ A White Supremacist member of Aryan Brotherhood killed a man.” There is no detail as to the motive or the race of the victim. According to the study, that same person also killed someone else in later weeks, and this was counted as a separate “terrorist attack” by the GAO.
On page 31, they document that a “Far rightist murdered a homeless man” and counted this as a right-wing terror attack as well. On page 32 they describe a “White supremacist who shot and killed 9 at his community college.” That shooting was the 2015 Umpqua Community College shooting, carried out by a self-described “mixed-race” individual who singled out Christians for his attack. On page 30, the study lists a case where six white supremacist inmates beat another prisoner to death. According to the report, this attack occurred while the men were in prison, and was counted as a ‘right-wing terrorist’ attack.
These are just some of the questionable individual occurrences listed in the study, so drawing an extremely accurate conclusion from both the GAO and Reveal reporting is impossible. But what about general interracial attacks in the U.S.?
Data shows white Americans are far more often victims of interracial crime than black Americans. In 2018, The Bureau of Justice Statistics released their survey of criminal victimization, breaking down 593,598 interracial violence between blacks and whites. Blacks committed 537,204 of those interracial felonies, or 90 percent, and whites committed 56,394 of them, or less than 10 percent.
This information directly contradicts the Democratic claim of Trump-inspired white violence. In 2012-13, then President Obama’s DOJ recorded that black Americans committed 85 percent of all interracial victimizations between blacks and whites; white Americans only committed 15 percent.
Furthermore, despite making up only 13.4% of the American population, black Americans commit more than double the amount of interracial homicides on white Americans, who make up 60.4% of the American population.
Emmanuel Aranda threw a five-year-old white child over a balcony in Minnesota. This story only received around 2% of national coverage that the Nia Wilson murder received. Other examples with very limited media coverage include a story about 18 year old Dominique Lang who shot a white baby in the face for the fun of it while attempting to rob his mother, Cadesha Michelle Bishop who was arrested for the murder of an elderly white man, after she pushed the seventy-four-year-old to his death on the bus. Other notable occurrences include the black man who NYPD arrested for committing random hate attacks against white people, the black man who told everyone that he wanted to “kill all white people,” and then proceeded to kill 6 white people, and the Fresno man who admitted he wanted to kill as many white people as possible during a confession to his crimes. The Fresno spree killing was not only majorly ignored by the media, but hundreds of black Americans praised his actions on social media.
One of the most recent examples would be the man in Spring Texas who was viciously beaten by a group of black teens at the Exxon convenience store in Harris County. One man shouted ‘Black Lives Matter,’ while kicking him in the face, following the horrendous attack.
Here are just a few recent video examples, just since the death of George Floyd:
ATTACK #1 – GROUP OF BLACKS ATTACK MAN IN SPRING TEXAS, ONE YELLS ‘BLACK LIVES MATTER.’
ATTACK #2 – GROUP OF BLACKS ATTACK HUSBAND AND WIFE ATTEMPTING TO DEFEND THEIR STORE AGAINST LOOTERS.
ATTACK #3 – GROUP OF BLACK TEENS MOB MAN ATTEMPTING TO CALL POLICE ON LOOTERS NEAR A STORE
ATTACK #4 – BLACK MAN BEATS MACY’S EMPLOYEE HORRIFICALLY. IT WAS ORIGINALLY REPORTED THAT THE MAN USED A RACIAL SLUR, BUT THEN DEEMED UNPROVOKED.
ATTACK #5 – BLACK MAN RELENTLESSLY BEATS ELDERLY WHITE MAN IN GROCERY STORE
ATTACK #6 – WHITE MAN BEATEN BY MOB OF BLACK RIOTERS
ATTACK #7 – GROUP OF BLACK TEENS GANG UP ON WHITE TEEN AT RECENT PROTEST
ATTACK #8 – GROUP OF BLACK MEN MOB A WHITE MAN ATTEMPTING TO DEFEND HIS STORE
Outside of the fact that almost every media outlet also used the ‘Chinese virus’ label to describe COVID-19 on numerous occasions, numbers show that the perpetrators of these incidents do not fit the demographic of typical Trump supporters, and definitely weren’t white.
In a list compiled of all of the attacks on Asians in the US where the offender was known and reported, most of the perpetrators of the crimes were black Americans. The most vicious attack of them all, a mass stabbing of an Asian family at a Sam’s Club supermarket, was carried out by a Hispanic man.
Attacks Against Jewish Americans
The black hate crime perpetrator is especially prominent in anti-Jewish attacks, specifically in New York City. Can you count the number of times the top three-letter national media outlets reported on these sorts of attacks versus other attacks?
New York Police Department statistics for the first three-quarters of 2019 document 45 arrests for anti-Jewish hate crimes in New York City. One-third of those arrested were African-Americans, while only making up 24% of the population of the city. Here are just a few fairly recent video examples:
ATTACK #1 – BLACK ON JEW
ATTACK # 2 BLACK ON JEW
ATTACK #3 BLACK ON JEW
ATTACK #4 BLACK TEENS ON JEW KID
ATTACK #5 BLACK TEENS ON JEW
ATTACK #6 BLACK TEENS ON JEWISH TEENS
ATTACK #7 BLACK WOMAN ON JEWISH MAN
ATTACK #8 BLACK WOMAN ON JEWISH KID
ATTACKS # 9 JEWS AND BLACKS BRAWL IN LAKEWOOD
ATTACK # 10 BLACK ON JEW IN BROOKLYN
Another attack on a Hasidic Jew in Williamsburg! This time on Warsoff Place next to Park Ave. READ the OJPAC Statement Regarding the Rise in Attacks on Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn
Polling on How Americans Feel About Identity, and Race in the U.S.
Black Americans even view themselves as more racist than whites:
A poll released by Rasmussen found African-Americans are more likely to be viewed as racist than whites.
Thirty-seven percent of poll respondents said “most black Americans” are racist, compared to just 15 percent who said most whites are racist and 18 percent who said most Hispanics are racist.
Black respondents even ranked their own demographic as more likely to be racist. Thirty-one percent of African-Americans said most blacks are racist, according to the polling organization, while only 24 percent of those respondents said most whites are racist
Most black adults say being black is extremely or very important to how they think about themselves:
Blacks are more likely than Hispanics or Asians – and much more likely than whites – to say that their race is central to their identity. About three-quarters of black adults say being black is extremely (52%) or very (22%) important to how they think of themselves; 59% of Hispanics and 56% of Asians say being Hispanic or Asian, respectively, is at least very important to their overall identity, with about three-in-ten in each group saying it’s extremely important. In contrast, just 15% of whites say being white is very or extremely important to how they think of themselves; about two-thirds say it’s either only a little important (18%) or not important at all (47%).
The Washington Post’s opinions editor was recently accused of inciting violence for tweeting that white women are ‘lucky’ black people are ‘just calling them Karens and not calling for revenge’. Karen Attiah posted the tweet on Sunday, saying: ‘The lies and tears of white women hath wrought; the 1921 Tulsa massacre, murder of Emmett Till, exclusion of black women from feminist movements, 53% of white women voting for Trump. ‘White women are lucky that we are just calling them Karens. And not calling for revenge.’
Later, in her comments section, she doubled down on the remark, saying: ‘I’m just saying. Be happy we are calling for equality. And not actual revenge.’
Nikole Hannah-Jones, the lead essayist on New York Times Magazine’s 1619 Project, wrote a letter to the editor in Notre Dame’s The Observer stating that “the white race” are barbaric devils, and the biggest murderer, rapist, of the modern world.” Munroe Bergdorf, a British model who came to public attention in August 2017, stated that all white people are “the most violent and oppressive force of nature on Earth.”
She was originally fired for the comments but then rehired after the death of George Floyd. Many black college professors and black college students feel very comfortable expressing anti-white sentiments in and out of the classroom. Here is a compilation that was put together in 2017, which includes many white professors, but also many black college students and black professors.
Another aspect of race relations that is largely ignored by the media is the fact that more whites are killed by police than blacks. On top of this, FBI data show that for every 10,000 black Americans arrested for violent crime, 3 are killed, yet for every 10,000 white Americans arrested for violent crime, 4 are killed. Black police officer on black perpetrator accounts for many of the black victim of police killings as well.
Biased, newspapers make it difficult to see this fact, though clicking on categories like race or choosing “total” rather than “per million” reveals the amounts of whites killed annually can in fact be more than double or triple that of blacks. Do you know any of their names?
Taking into account that blacks are far more likely to commit violent crimes than whites, these figures, if anything, suggest an anti-white bias. It is possible that due to negative press in the past, police are more hesitant to shoot blacks than they are to shoot whites. If we look at specifically unarmed black men shot by police, data from the Washington Post from 2016 shows that there were a total of 18.
When comparing this data to CDC data that show other causes of death, it puts everything into perspective. There are more unarmed and armed white Americans killed by police annually, despite black Americans having 20 to 30 times the amount of police encounters due to their crime rates being 20 to 30 times higher. Finally, many of the unarmed black Americans shot by police were shot by black police officers. Blacks Americans are also 18 times more likely to shoot and kill a police officer than the other way around. Despite making up only 6.4% of the population of the United States, black males make up 33% of cop killers. Blacks are far more likely per 100,000 to kill police officers than any other race.
The FBI’s Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted program tracks the deaths of officers who were on duty, or acting in an official manner while off duty. The FBI publishes annual reports breaking down the figure in two ways: accidents and “felonious incidents,” which are deaths as a result of a criminal act. Felonious incidents include ambushes, traffic pursuits, responding to domestic disturbances or delivering search warrants.
There were 511 officers killed in felonious incidents and 540 offenders from 2004 to 2013, according to FBI reports. Among the total offenders, 43 percent were black, despite making up a small portion of the population, and 54% were white. Whites make up the majority, 62%, of the American population.
The FBI provided The Fact Checker a detailed database of victim officers and offenders in felonious incidents, accidental deaths and assaults with injury, from the early 1980s.
From 1980 to 2013, there were 2,269 officers killed in felonious incidents, and 2,896 offenders. The racial breakdown of offenders over the 33-year period was on par with the 10-year period: 52 percent were white, and 41 percent were black.
The black population in America ranged from 11.6 percent to 13 percent between 1980 to 2013. Compared to that percentage in the population, the percentage of black offenders who killed police officers per 100,000 is extremely high. Incidents in which black police officers shoot and kill defenseless whites are often ignored by the media or reported in such a way that one does not realize it was a black-on-white murder.
One example of this is the murder of Jeremy Mardis, a six year old boy who was shot at while in a car with his father. They were both unarmed and the boy’s father had his hands in the air, but the two black officers fired repeatedly at them until they were dead. Bodycam footage later revealed that their story about shooting in self-defense was untrue, and that they had a history of physical and sexual violence including the rape of a 15 year old girl.
Yet this incident was largely ignored by the press, and one of the men was released after less than 2 years in prison. There were no protests or riots, and this is only one of many, yet difficult to find, examples of black officers killing innocent whites.
In Minneapolis, blacks make up over 70% of all the suspects for violent crimes, but only 69% of the arrests for violent crime. This means that black Americans in Minneapolis are statistically under-policed in the city, not over-policed. This is consistently true for many other cities throughout the country. In the city of Chicago, black Americans make up almost 90% of all of the gun homicides, yet only account for just over 70% of the arrest for gun homicide.
A Long List of Scientific Papers Disprove Racial Bias in Police killings:
Lott and Moody (2017), Using one of the most comprehensive list of police shootings compiled, finds blacks suspects are not more likely to be shot by white officers than blacks after controlling for a whole host of variables and finds no support for racially based discrimination by white officers.
Cesario et al. (2018) – We know blacks are over represented compared to their % of the population in police killings, but that isn’t the right benchmark. Blacks also commit more crimes which makes them more likely to find themselves in scenarios involving police, and that alone means they’re more likely to “act out” and lead to a justified police killing. Using various metrics of crime (murder, violent crime, weapons violations), and looking at all fatal shootings, they found a consistent anti white bias in police shootings. Disaggregating the data and only looking at unarmed victims shows blacks still usually not being discriminated against and, in fact, being shot less than you’d expect.
James (2016) did a lab experiment with police officers and found officers took longer to shoot blacks than whites in their scenarios (1.09 to shoot a white, 1.32 seconds to shoot a black), and they were more likely to wrongly shoot nonaggressing whites than nonaggressing blacks.
Johnson et al. (2019) looked at 2015 data and found that black and white cops were equally likely to shoot blacks.
Fryer (2016, revised 2018) found no racial bias in police shootings, though he did find bias in police use of force. The data was limited to Houston, though, and most studies on police use of force show no bias or even the reverse.
Goff et al. (2016) found no bias in police shootings but did find a bias in police force (like Fryer). However, when they controlled for violent crime, whites were actually more likely to experience use of force than blacks were.
Ross (2015) found a racial bias in police shootings & was widely reported in media. There are critical issues that weren’t reported though: It didn’t use incident level data, making it subject to the ecological fallacy. Further, it used odd metrics of crime (like assault and weapons violations), when crimes like homicide are more appropriate because those crimes typically include a body and have much less police discretion in terms of arrests etc. These crimes also are more violent than weapons violations, which may not meaningfully predict how likely someone is going to run into the police in a violent encounter (if a black with a CCW accidentally walks into a gun free building, that’s technically a violation but isn’t violent and may not predict a violent encounter with a cop like stabbing someone would). This paper isn’t too convincing because of that.