What are some interesting African American crime statistics?


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One interesting African American crime statistic is that the rate of African Americans incarcerated is about six times more compared with white Americans, as reported by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Nearly half of the incarcerated population is African Americans as well, with about one million blacks serving in prison among the 2.3 million total inmate population.

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According to the Center for American Progress and the Bureau of Justice statistics in 2012, one in every three black men can expect to serve in prison in their lifetimes. The same report also disclosed that African Americans are twice as likely to be arrested compared with white people. The Department of Education also stated that far more black Americans are arrested in comparison with white Americans. The NAACP also reported that although white people use drugs five times more than African Americans, black people are 10 times more likely to be sent to prison for drug offenses.

The rate of black Americans committing violent crimes increased the year Barack Obama was elected President of the United States. According to the new data from the Department of Justice, the average violent crime committed by African Americans against white Americans was 560,600 from 2012 to 2013, while white people only committed 99,403 violent crimes against black American during the same period. Interestingly, African Americans attacked African Americans almost as often as they attacked white Americans. The data also concluded that white Americans offenders attacked more white people and almost never attacked African Americans.

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