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Source: graphed from USA Today data

An anonymous reader has created this graph showing that Ferguson, MO’s ratio of black arrest rates to white arrest rates (2.8 to 1) ranks Ferguson 1582nd out of 3538 municipalities tabulated by USA Today from FBI statistics.

The vertical axis shows black / white arrest ratios in log scale. The horizontal axis shows the ranking of municipalities from 1st to 3538th.

The red dot represents notoriously “anomalous” Ferguson.

 
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  1. Statistics: queen of the hate sciences.

    • Replies: @silviosilver
    And HBD: the truly dismal science.
  2. In the city of Atlanta, Blacks commit a whooping 100 percent of the city’s homicides even though they make up “only” 54 percent of Atlanta’s population.
    http://www.occidentaldissent.com/2012/05/05/atlanta-the-color-of-crime/

    So if you live in the city of Atlanta, you have a higher chance of being struck by lightening than you have of being murdered by a White thug. A White thug problem is basically non existent in the city of Atlanta.

    • Replies: @Forbes
    And if you peruse DOJ's Bureau of Justice Statistics for black women's identification of their rape perpetrator, you'll discover that (non-Hispanic) white men do not rape black women.*

    If ever there were a case of white discrimination against black women, this is proof of it.

    *Most years it is zero, but occasionally there are reports of a white perpetrator. Most data is available for decades.
    , @ben tillman

    So if you live in the city of Atlanta, you have a higher chance of being struck by lightening than you have of being murdered by a White thug. A White thug problem is basically non existent in the city of Atlanta.
     
    Not true. Whites, including members of the upper class, in Atlanta are prone to violence and look for excuses to start fights in bars. You won't be murdered, but there is a huge "White thug" problem in Atlanta.
  3. Many studies showing IQ differences, but how does IQ affect moral judgment?

    Enter an article by Dr. Herman Epstein, http://www.brainstages.net/the4thr

    Pay attention to the ages at which different abilities emerge. I suspect about equal numbers of blacks are at sensory-motor level and at concrete reasoning level, and very few at abstract reasoning level. If true, then police are performing a service by providing concrete results for unacceptable behavior.

    • Replies: @Hal
    corollary:

    Why is the tribe of concrete reasoning, or less, empowered to give the tribe of 1/3 abstract reasoning moral coaching?
  4. How about a blue dot for NYC? And what the heck, a green one (St Patty’s Day) for Chicago?

    • Replies: @SFG
    Blue and white for New York, green for *Boston*. Chicago should be red and white (Poles).
  5. Where are the the prison cities on the graph?

  6. @Hal
    Many studies showing IQ differences, but how does IQ affect moral judgment?

    Enter an article by Dr. Herman Epstein, http://www.brainstages.net/the4thr

    Pay attention to the ages at which different abilities emerge. I suspect about equal numbers of blacks are at sensory-motor level and at concrete reasoning level, and very few at abstract reasoning level. If true, then police are performing a service by providing concrete results for unacceptable behavior.

    corollary:

    Why is the tribe of concrete reasoning, or less, empowered to give the tribe of 1/3 abstract reasoning moral coaching?

  7. @Portlander
    How about a blue dot for NYC? And what the heck, a green one (St Patty's Day) for Chicago?

    Blue and white for New York, green for *Boston*. Chicago should be red and white (Poles).

  8. One need not settle for mere arrests. I just discovered that the CDC tracks mortality by categories, including “legal intervention” that is death by police but not execution. Some of the WIQARS reports include breakdown by state, while NVDRS has limited state data.

    WISQARS 1999-2007

    http://webappa.cdc.gov/sasweb/ncipc/mortrate10_sy.html

    WISQARS 1999-2013

    http://webappa.cdc.gov/sasweb/ncipc/mortrate10_us.html

    NVDRS

    http://wisqars.cdc.gov:8080/nvdrs/nvdrsDisplay.jsp

    I’ve only spot-checked the data but a shocking pattern of racism is apparent. Whites are TWICE AS LIKELY to die by police than Asians. #whitelivesmatter

  9. That graph really sums up just how arbitrary the singling out of Ferguson is, and how politically motivated it all is.

    Thanks for posting things like this Mr. Sailer, it’s always educational.

    • Replies: @eah
    Arbitrary? Perhaps. But as I pointed out in this comment on Mr Sailer's last post:

    Ferguson’s main problem is that the police are very disproportionately white in a very disproportionately black city...

    Question: Would the DOJ be piling on Ferguson like this if the PD demographics were more like the city demographics? I don't really think so...
  10. Holder, you’re such a clown.

  11. Great data for the liberal Bay Area. Out of 3500 data points, ranking + ratio (B/W)

    #35- Marin County: 12.2x
    #53- Palo Alto: 11.0x
    #57- San Francisco : 10.9x
    #60- El Cerrito (adjacent to the People’s Republic of Berkeley): 10.6x
    #76- Albany (adjacent to El Cerrito): 9.8x
    #87- Berkeley: 9.3x
    #95- Emeryville (another neighbor of Berkeley): 9.1x
    #195- Menlo Park: 7.1x
    #428- Oakland: 5.4x

    And SoCal:

    #32- Beverly Hills: 12.6x
    #214- Santa Monica: 6.9x

    Surprisingly, NYC data is not included in the dataset.

  12. Carl Sagan: “Pale Red Dot”

    • Replies: @noodleguy
    OT:

    I couldn't resists splicing that Sagan audio into a Ferguson video . Enjoy:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuVqxMTXA3g&feature=youtu.be
  13. Steve: OT, but are you planning to review Neill Blomkamp’s latest? The Grantland folks seem peeved that his movies do not send the political message they approve of.

  14. @Jean Cocteausten
    Statistics: queen of the hate sciences.

    And HBD: the truly dismal science.

  15. @noodleguy
    Carl Sagan: "Pale Red Dot"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p86BPM1GV8M

    OT:

    I couldn’t resists splicing that Sagan audio into a Ferguson video . Enjoy:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuVqxMTXA3g&feature=youtu.be

  16. @Drake
    That graph really sums up just how arbitrary the singling out of Ferguson is, and how politically motivated it all is.

    Thanks for posting things like this Mr. Sailer, it's always educational.

    Arbitrary? Perhaps. But as I pointed out in this comment on Mr Sailer’s last post:

    Ferguson’s main problem is that the police are very disproportionately white in a very disproportionately black city…

    Question: Would the DOJ be piling on Ferguson like this if the PD demographics were more like the city demographics? I don’t really think so…

  17. I’d guess you will have lost the average mainstream reporter at “log scale.”

  18. We need a graph comparing the instances where someone in the police department e-mailed a picture of Barack Obama looking like a chimpanzee.

  19. […] got the idea for this video from a graph posted by Steve […]

  20. Notice how – out of 3,500 communities across America – there is no place where white arrests exceed black arrests (a value below 1 in the chart).

    We have a case, quite literally, of liberal Utopia.

    • Replies: @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY)
    No, you are misreading the graph. Notice that where y=1.0, the meaning is that
    (black arrest rate)/(non-black arrest rate) = 1.0, that is, that the two arrest rates are the same.
    Notice further that most of the curve lies above this line y=1, meaning that in most cities,
    (black arrest rate) > (non-black arrest rate). But the dot in the curve that lies on the line y=0.1 corresponds to the city that ranks 3,531. In this city (where is it?),
    (black arrest rate)/(non-black arrest rate) = 1/10,
    meaning that in this city, blacks are arrested at only 1/10 the rate that non-blacks are arrested; in other words, here, non-blacks are 10 times more arrest-prone than blacks are, or, to put it another way, blacks are ten times more law-abiding than non-blacks are.
    By the way, the distances on the y-axis of this graph are spaced with a logarithmic scale because otherwise the graph would be very narrow and tall, and would not fit on a page.
  21. Steve, you know most persons with victim status, as well as their political operatives, cannot comprehend a logarithmic scale.

    That’s a pretty line, though. The Most Important Place in the World is right in the middle of it, so that must be the center of injustice.

  22. Ferguson judge behind aggressive fines policy resigns as city’s court system seized

    http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/mar/09/ferguson-judge-resigns-ronald-brockmeyer

    Does Ferguson also represent a typical level of judicial corruption?

    Revenue generation through fines might explain why Officer Wilson was so interested in the 2 jaywalkers. And why Brown had a violent reaction to being given an expensive ticket.

    • Replies: @Mike Sylwester

    Revenue generation through fines might explain why Officer Wilson was so interested in the 2 jaywalkers.
     
    Officer Darren Wilson told the grand jury why he stopped Michael Brown and Dorian Johnson.

    He only admonished them for jaywalking. He decided to stop them only after he realized that they had robbed a nearby store.


    …. a [police radio] call came out for a stealing in progress from the local market on West Florissant. The suspects traveling towards QT [the Quick Trip store]. I didn’t hear the entire call. I was on my portable radio, which isn’t exactly the best. I did hear that a suspect was wearing a black shirt and that a box of Cigarillos was stolen. ….

    I see them [Brown and Johnson] walking down the middle of the street.

    The first thing that struck me was they’re walking in the middle of the street. I had already seen a couple cars trying to pass, but they couldn’t have traffic normal because they were in the middle, so one had to stop to let the car go around and then another car would come.

    The next thing I noticed was the size of the individuals because either the first one was really small or the second one was really big. ….

    Then the next thing I notice was that Brown had bright yellow socks on that had green marijuana leaves as a pattern on them. ….

    As I approached them, I stopped a couple feet in front of Johnson as they are walking towards me, I am going towards them. And I allowed him to keep walking towards my window, which was down. As Johnson came around my driver’s side mirror I said, “why don’t you guys walk on the sidewalk?”

    He kept walking. As he is walking he said, “We are almost to our destination.” ….. And he pointed this direction over my vehicle …. As he did that, he kept walking.

    And Brown was starting to come around the mirror, and as he came around the mirror I said, “Well, what’s wrong with the sidewalk?”

    Brown then replied, “Fuck what you have to say.”

    When he said that, it drew my attention totally to Brown. It was a very unusual and not expected response from a simple request.

    When I start looking at Brown, first thing I notice is in his right hand, his hand is full of Cigarillos. And that’s when it clicked for me because I now saw the Cigarillos, I looked in my mirror, I did a double-check that Johnson was wearing a black shirt.

    So, these are the two from the stealing!
     

    https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1370518-grand-jury-volume-5.html

    Pages 202 – 209

    , @ben tillman

    Revenue generation through fines might explain why Officer Wilson was so interested in the 2 jaywalkers.
     
    They weren't jaywalking. They were walking in the middle of the street.
    , @silviosilver
    Definitely, definitely. Next up for investigation: Ferguson meteorology department. (Some savage racists bound to be lurking there.)
  23. Steve: OT, but are you planning to review Neill Blomkamp’s latest?

    The main villain is a straight, white, Christian, veteran man who wears a giant cross and crosses himself twice (typically Catholics use the sign of the cross, but they usually wear crucifixes).

    There are about 5 black people in the movie and none of them are remotely good.

    I guess Blomkamp wants no friends.

    • Replies: @Truth
    Yeah, but as Whiskey would ask; which ones are the SEXY villains?
  24. Off-topic but interesting:

    An economist applies Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson’s Why Nations Fail to science fiction:

    http://time.com/3731977/science-fiction-future-wrong/

  25. @george
    Ferguson judge behind aggressive fines policy resigns as city's court system seized

    http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/mar/09/ferguson-judge-resigns-ronald-brockmeyer


    Does Ferguson also represent a typical level of judicial corruption?

    Revenue generation through fines might explain why Officer Wilson was so interested in the 2 jaywalkers. And why Brown had a violent reaction to being given an expensive ticket.

    Revenue generation through fines might explain why Officer Wilson was so interested in the 2 jaywalkers.

    Officer Darren Wilson told the grand jury why he stopped Michael Brown and Dorian Johnson.

    He only admonished them for jaywalking. He decided to stop them only after he realized that they had robbed a nearby store.

    …. a [police radio] call came out for a stealing in progress from the local market on West Florissant. The suspects traveling towards QT [the Quick Trip store]. I didn’t hear the entire call. I was on my portable radio, which isn’t exactly the best. I did hear that a suspect was wearing a black shirt and that a box of Cigarillos was stolen. ….

    I see them [Brown and Johnson] walking down the middle of the street.

    The first thing that struck me was they’re walking in the middle of the street. I had already seen a couple cars trying to pass, but they couldn’t have traffic normal because they were in the middle, so one had to stop to let the car go around and then another car would come.

    The next thing I noticed was the size of the individuals because either the first one was really small or the second one was really big. ….

    Then the next thing I notice was that Brown had bright yellow socks on that had green marijuana leaves as a pattern on them. ….

    As I approached them, I stopped a couple feet in front of Johnson as they are walking towards me, I am going towards them. And I allowed him to keep walking towards my window, which was down. As Johnson came around my driver’s side mirror I said, “why don’t you guys walk on the sidewalk?”

    He kept walking. As he is walking he said, “We are almost to our destination.” ….. And he pointed this direction over my vehicle …. As he did that, he kept walking.

    And Brown was starting to come around the mirror, and as he came around the mirror I said, “Well, what’s wrong with the sidewalk?”

    Brown then replied, “Fuck what you have to say.”

    When he said that, it drew my attention totally to Brown. It was a very unusual and not expected response from a simple request.

    When I start looking at Brown, first thing I notice is in his right hand, his hand is full of Cigarillos. And that’s when it clicked for me because I now saw the Cigarillos, I looked in my mirror, I did a double-check that Johnson was wearing a black shirt.

    So, these are the two from the stealing!

    https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1370518-grand-jury-volume-5.html

    Pages 202 – 209

    • Replies: @George
    "these are the two from the stealing!"

    So why wasn't the survivor Dorian Johnson charged with a crime?
  26. @anon
    Notice how - out of 3,500 communities across America - there is no place where white arrests exceed black arrests (a value below 1 in the chart).

    We have a case, quite literally, of liberal Utopia.

    No, you are misreading the graph. Notice that where y=1.0, the meaning is that
    (black arrest rate)/(non-black arrest rate) = 1.0, that is, that the two arrest rates are the same.
    Notice further that most of the curve lies above this line y=1, meaning that in most cities,
    (black arrest rate) > (non-black arrest rate). But the dot in the curve that lies on the line y=0.1 corresponds to the city that ranks 3,531. In this city (where is it?),
    (black arrest rate)/(non-black arrest rate) = 1/10,
    meaning that in this city, blacks are arrested at only 1/10 the rate that non-blacks are arrested; in other words, here, non-blacks are 10 times more arrest-prone than blacks are, or, to put it another way, blacks are ten times more law-abiding than non-blacks are.
    By the way, the distances on the y-axis of this graph are spaced with a logarithmic scale because otherwise the graph would be very narrow and tall, and would not fit on a page.

    • Replies: @Tim Howells
    Mark Spahn: "By the way, the distances on the y-axis of this graph are spaced with a logarithmic scale because otherwise the graph would be very narrow and tall, and would not fit on a page."

    I'm not sure about that. You can always rescale a graph to fit any dimensions you want. The log scale certainly gives it a nice symmetry though. It would be interesting to see it both ways. Probably the log scale is good for ratios because they approach infinity on the left and zero on the right.
    , @anon
    You are right. My mobile browser cut off the right hand portion of the graph, so that it looked like the curve ended above y=1; it looked like it ended with a kind of asymptote. I have loaded the full image and now see the remainder of the graph. I understand the nature of the ratios and logarithmic scale full well.

    So I retract my earlier comment. But I do wonder as to the nature of the jurisdictions at the far right end of the curve. Given the national figures showing black criminality and arrest rates as higher than white, these must be some very small and very unusual places. Blazing Saddles intrudes upon my thoughts.
  27. You know what the Sunday Times said: the “exploitation” shown in Ferguson is “common”. You are not showing how Ferguson is the norm, you are showing how racism is everywhere.

  28. @Jefferson
    In the city of Atlanta, Blacks commit a whooping 100 percent of the city's homicides even though they make up "only" 54 percent of Atlanta's population.
    http://www.occidentaldissent.com/2012/05/05/atlanta-the-color-of-crime/

    So if you live in the city of Atlanta, you have a higher chance of being struck by lightening than you have of being murdered by a White thug. A White thug problem is basically non existent in the city of Atlanta.

    And if you peruse DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Statistics for black women’s identification of their rape perpetrator, you’ll discover that (non-Hispanic) white men do not rape black women.*

    If ever there were a case of white discrimination against black women, this is proof of it.

    *Most years it is zero, but occasionally there are reports of a white perpetrator. Most data is available for decades.

  29. • Replies: @silviosilver

    http://www.businessinsider.com/panos-kammenos-threatens-to-flood-europe-with-migrants-2015-3
     
    Now wait a minute, given the EU's value system, how does that qualify as a threat? Surely from their point of view it would be like a somebody pointing a gun you at in a dark alley, saying stick 'em up, and handing you a $100 bill. The headline should really read "Panos Kammenos 'threatens' to shower Europe with the blessings of diversity."
  30. Lately, when I go to this site I get warning from nsa.gov (I think that’s right) saying that the server does not match something or other, and do I approve anyway. Is this important?

  31. OT: Not a word about the tornado of hatred in Oklahoma, Steve?

    A drunk white frat boy was dumb enough to say the n-word in front of others … all white folks are RACIST RACIST RACIST!!!

  32. @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY)
    No, you are misreading the graph. Notice that where y=1.0, the meaning is that
    (black arrest rate)/(non-black arrest rate) = 1.0, that is, that the two arrest rates are the same.
    Notice further that most of the curve lies above this line y=1, meaning that in most cities,
    (black arrest rate) > (non-black arrest rate). But the dot in the curve that lies on the line y=0.1 corresponds to the city that ranks 3,531. In this city (where is it?),
    (black arrest rate)/(non-black arrest rate) = 1/10,
    meaning that in this city, blacks are arrested at only 1/10 the rate that non-blacks are arrested; in other words, here, non-blacks are 10 times more arrest-prone than blacks are, or, to put it another way, blacks are ten times more law-abiding than non-blacks are.
    By the way, the distances on the y-axis of this graph are spaced with a logarithmic scale because otherwise the graph would be very narrow and tall, and would not fit on a page.

    Mark Spahn: “By the way, the distances on the y-axis of this graph are spaced with a logarithmic scale because otherwise the graph would be very narrow and tall, and would not fit on a page.”

    I’m not sure about that. You can always rescale a graph to fit any dimensions you want. The log scale certainly gives it a nice symmetry though. It would be interesting to see it both ways. Probably the log scale is good for ratios because they approach infinity on the left and zero on the right.

  33. OT Could you do a story on “Who b#[email protected]# this is”?or if you have a follow up?What happened to it?

  34. It would enhance the graph’s value if, besides Ferguson, it highlighted Santa Monica, Madison, and whatever town is closest to 1.0.

  35. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY)
    No, you are misreading the graph. Notice that where y=1.0, the meaning is that
    (black arrest rate)/(non-black arrest rate) = 1.0, that is, that the two arrest rates are the same.
    Notice further that most of the curve lies above this line y=1, meaning that in most cities,
    (black arrest rate) > (non-black arrest rate). But the dot in the curve that lies on the line y=0.1 corresponds to the city that ranks 3,531. In this city (where is it?),
    (black arrest rate)/(non-black arrest rate) = 1/10,
    meaning that in this city, blacks are arrested at only 1/10 the rate that non-blacks are arrested; in other words, here, non-blacks are 10 times more arrest-prone than blacks are, or, to put it another way, blacks are ten times more law-abiding than non-blacks are.
    By the way, the distances on the y-axis of this graph are spaced with a logarithmic scale because otherwise the graph would be very narrow and tall, and would not fit on a page.

    You are right. My mobile browser cut off the right hand portion of the graph, so that it looked like the curve ended above y=1; it looked like it ended with a kind of asymptote. I have loaded the full image and now see the remainder of the graph. I understand the nature of the ratios and logarithmic scale full well.

    So I retract my earlier comment. But I do wonder as to the nature of the jurisdictions at the far right end of the curve. Given the national figures showing black criminality and arrest rates as higher than white, these must be some very small and very unusual places. Blazing Saddles intrudes upon my thoughts.

    • Replies: @ben tillman

    So I retract my earlier comment. But I do wonder as to the nature of the jurisdictions at the far right end of the curve. Given the national figures showing black criminality and arrest rates as higher than white, these must be some very small and very unusual places.
     
    It's arrest rates, not criminality rates.

    And, yes - many or most of these places are towns that host prisons where Black men commit crimes without being arrested.
  36. Tyler Cowen just said that the Greekis are being incompetent because they threatened to allow mass immigration into the EU if they don’t get debt relief. Basically puts the lie to all his support of open immigration. When the chips are down, everyone knows that open borders are a disaster.

  37. There was a police shooting in my neck of the woods just yesterday. A man was shot and killed by officers as they raided his home. I wonder if it’ll turn into a national incident?

    http://www.wncn.com/story/28355456/transylvania-co-man-fatally-shot-sbi-investigating

    p.s. Out of curiosity, why would a DHS agent show up to arrest a moonshiner???

  38. @Mike Sylwester

    Revenue generation through fines might explain why Officer Wilson was so interested in the 2 jaywalkers.
     
    Officer Darren Wilson told the grand jury why he stopped Michael Brown and Dorian Johnson.

    He only admonished them for jaywalking. He decided to stop them only after he realized that they had robbed a nearby store.


    …. a [police radio] call came out for a stealing in progress from the local market on West Florissant. The suspects traveling towards QT [the Quick Trip store]. I didn’t hear the entire call. I was on my portable radio, which isn’t exactly the best. I did hear that a suspect was wearing a black shirt and that a box of Cigarillos was stolen. ….

    I see them [Brown and Johnson] walking down the middle of the street.

    The first thing that struck me was they’re walking in the middle of the street. I had already seen a couple cars trying to pass, but they couldn’t have traffic normal because they were in the middle, so one had to stop to let the car go around and then another car would come.

    The next thing I noticed was the size of the individuals because either the first one was really small or the second one was really big. ….

    Then the next thing I notice was that Brown had bright yellow socks on that had green marijuana leaves as a pattern on them. ….

    As I approached them, I stopped a couple feet in front of Johnson as they are walking towards me, I am going towards them. And I allowed him to keep walking towards my window, which was down. As Johnson came around my driver’s side mirror I said, “why don’t you guys walk on the sidewalk?”

    He kept walking. As he is walking he said, “We are almost to our destination.” ….. And he pointed this direction over my vehicle …. As he did that, he kept walking.

    And Brown was starting to come around the mirror, and as he came around the mirror I said, “Well, what’s wrong with the sidewalk?”

    Brown then replied, “Fuck what you have to say.”

    When he said that, it drew my attention totally to Brown. It was a very unusual and not expected response from a simple request.

    When I start looking at Brown, first thing I notice is in his right hand, his hand is full of Cigarillos. And that’s when it clicked for me because I now saw the Cigarillos, I looked in my mirror, I did a double-check that Johnson was wearing a black shirt.

    So, these are the two from the stealing!
     

    https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1370518-grand-jury-volume-5.html

    Pages 202 – 209

    “these are the two from the stealing!”

    So why wasn’t the survivor Dorian Johnson charged with a crime?

    • Replies: @Mike Sylwester

    why wasn’t the survivor Dorian Johnson charged with a crime?
     
    In the store, Michael Brown handed a bunch of cigarillos to Dorian Johnson, but Johnson put them back on the counter before he left the store. This is seen on the video.

    During the struggle at the police vehicle, Brown handed all the cigarillos to Johnson (says Johnson himself). In theory, Johnson could have been charged with receiving stolen property, but he accepted them into his hands reflexively in a chaotic situation.

    When Johnson was questioned during the legal proceedings, he was given an informal immunity for the stealing of the cigarillos. The officials questioning him told him (recorded and transcribed) that he should speak freely about the stealing, because he would not be prosecuted for it.

    Johnson should have been charged with perjury and would have been convicted. His statements were contradicted massively by physical evidence.

  39. I recently saw a film called “Chappie” which takes place in South Africa. I thought it was extremely unrealistic that the majority of the thugs in the movie are White, even though this is a country where White people make up only 8 percent of the population. Even Hawaii has a higher percentage of White people than South Africa, yet they want us to believe that biggest social problem facing South Africa today is White urban crime.

  40. In line with my comment, you ought to apply a demographic skew correction factor to each data point of the graph: PD(W/B) / Mu(W/B), where PD(W/B) = the % of Whites in the police department divided by the % of Blacks in the police department, and Mu(W/B) is the same for the municipality in general. If you did that, you may well find Ferguson is more of an outlier, since the demographic skew correction factor for Ferguson will be rather large-ish.

    To give an example, consider Philadelphia: per this census quickfacts link, the city of Philadelphia is 41% white, and 43% black; and per this Wikipedia link on the demographics of the Philadelphia PD, the PD is 56% white and 36% black. So the demographic skew correction factor for Philadelphia would be 1.6.

    The Wikipedia page on the Ferguson PD does not have a demographics section; this USA today article says the Ferguson PD has 50 white officers and 3 black officers. Using the same census quickfacts source for Ferguson demographics (in 2010, 29% white, 67% black) gives a demographic skew correction factor of 38.5 for Ferguson. (I hope I have done that correctly.)

    Although you could just as well say that since the factor is so large for Ferguson, if the cops there were really racist, it ought to have an arrest ratio that is more of an outlier.

    • Replies: @Mike Sylwester

    .... since the factor is so large for Ferguson, if the cops there were really racist, it ought to have an arrest ratio that is more of an outlier
     
    I have not seen any evidence that any Ferguson cops are racist.

    For example, there is no evidence that Darren Wilson is racist.

    You seem to think that a disproportionate number of White police officers is evidence of racism.
  41. @anon
    You are right. My mobile browser cut off the right hand portion of the graph, so that it looked like the curve ended above y=1; it looked like it ended with a kind of asymptote. I have loaded the full image and now see the remainder of the graph. I understand the nature of the ratios and logarithmic scale full well.

    So I retract my earlier comment. But I do wonder as to the nature of the jurisdictions at the far right end of the curve. Given the national figures showing black criminality and arrest rates as higher than white, these must be some very small and very unusual places. Blazing Saddles intrudes upon my thoughts.

    So I retract my earlier comment. But I do wonder as to the nature of the jurisdictions at the far right end of the curve. Given the national figures showing black criminality and arrest rates as higher than white, these must be some very small and very unusual places.

    It’s arrest rates, not criminality rates.

    And, yes – many or most of these places are towns that host prisons where Black men commit crimes without being arrested.

  42. @george
    Ferguson judge behind aggressive fines policy resigns as city's court system seized

    http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/mar/09/ferguson-judge-resigns-ronald-brockmeyer


    Does Ferguson also represent a typical level of judicial corruption?

    Revenue generation through fines might explain why Officer Wilson was so interested in the 2 jaywalkers. And why Brown had a violent reaction to being given an expensive ticket.

    Revenue generation through fines might explain why Officer Wilson was so interested in the 2 jaywalkers.

    They weren’t jaywalking. They were walking in the middle of the street.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    They weren’t jaywalking. They were walking in the middle of the street.

     

    It probably doesn't apply to inner-ring Ferguson, but residential streets in exurbs almost never have sidewalks. If you're on foot, you're either jaywalking or trespassing.

    Walking itself is "suspicious behavior" in such parts, but it's not illegal. So they can get you for the other two if need be.

    Don't get me going on cul-de-sac farms. "If you have to ask directions, you don't belong here!" Last week, my brother-in-law's wife got a "gender-reveal party" gift from her sister which had a four-letter word on it. Our kids were there, and the two women said, Don't let them see it. Are you kidding? They heard Mommy use it several times when Daddy got horribly lost looking for the house!
  43. @Marissa
    Steve: OT, but are you planning to review Neill Blomkamp’s latest?

    The main villain is a straight, white, Christian, veteran man who wears a giant cross and crosses himself twice (typically Catholics use the sign of the cross, but they usually wear crucifixes).

    There are about 5 black people in the movie and none of them are remotely good.

    I guess Blomkamp wants no friends.

    Yeah, but as Whiskey would ask; which ones are the SEXY villains?

    • Replies: @Brutusale
    In the movie, who's the sexy one to you, Troofie? Anderson Cooper?
  44. @Jefferson
    In the city of Atlanta, Blacks commit a whooping 100 percent of the city's homicides even though they make up "only" 54 percent of Atlanta's population.
    http://www.occidentaldissent.com/2012/05/05/atlanta-the-color-of-crime/

    So if you live in the city of Atlanta, you have a higher chance of being struck by lightening than you have of being murdered by a White thug. A White thug problem is basically non existent in the city of Atlanta.

    So if you live in the city of Atlanta, you have a higher chance of being struck by lightening than you have of being murdered by a White thug. A White thug problem is basically non existent in the city of Atlanta.

    Not true. Whites, including members of the upper class, in Atlanta are prone to violence and look for excuses to start fights in bars. You won’t be murdered, but there is a huge “White thug” problem in Atlanta.

    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "Not true. Whites, including members of the upper class, in Atlanta are prone to violence and look for excuses to start fights in bars. You won’t be murdered, but there is a huge “White thug” problem in Atlanta."

    B.S no there is no White thug problem in Atlanta. Tell me where are these dangerous no go zone thug neighborhoods in Atlanta that are predominantly White?

    You talk about Whites in Atlanta starting violent fights in bars, that would fall under aggravated assault. Blacks are responsible for 84 percent of aggravated assaults in the city of Atlanta despite being only 54 percent of the population.
    http://www.occidentaldissent.com/2012/05/05/atlanta-the-color-of-crime/

    All categories of crime in Atlanta have an extremely Black face.

    , @The Anti-Gnostic
    I live in Atlanta. What the hell are you talking about?
  45. @ben tillman

    So if you live in the city of Atlanta, you have a higher chance of being struck by lightening than you have of being murdered by a White thug. A White thug problem is basically non existent in the city of Atlanta.
     
    Not true. Whites, including members of the upper class, in Atlanta are prone to violence and look for excuses to start fights in bars. You won't be murdered, but there is a huge "White thug" problem in Atlanta.

    “Not true. Whites, including members of the upper class, in Atlanta are prone to violence and look for excuses to start fights in bars. You won’t be murdered, but there is a huge “White thug” problem in Atlanta.”

    B.S no there is no White thug problem in Atlanta. Tell me where are these dangerous no go zone thug neighborhoods in Atlanta that are predominantly White?

    You talk about Whites in Atlanta starting violent fights in bars, that would fall under aggravated assault. Blacks are responsible for 84 percent of aggravated assaults in the city of Atlanta despite being only 54 percent of the population.
    http://www.occidentaldissent.com/2012/05/05/atlanta-the-color-of-crime/

    All categories of crime in Atlanta have an extremely Black face.

  46. @Anon
    http://www.businessinsider.com/panos-kammenos-threatens-to-flood-europe-with-migrants-2015-3

    Greek jerks.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/panos-kammenos-threatens-to-flood-europe-with-migrants-2015-3

    Now wait a minute, given the EU’s value system, how does that qualify as a threat? Surely from their point of view it would be like a somebody pointing a gun you at in a dark alley, saying stick ’em up, and handing you a $100 bill. The headline should really read “Panos Kammenos ‘threatens’ to shower Europe with the blessings of diversity.”

  47. @george
    Ferguson judge behind aggressive fines policy resigns as city's court system seized

    http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/mar/09/ferguson-judge-resigns-ronald-brockmeyer


    Does Ferguson also represent a typical level of judicial corruption?

    Revenue generation through fines might explain why Officer Wilson was so interested in the 2 jaywalkers. And why Brown had a violent reaction to being given an expensive ticket.

    Definitely, definitely. Next up for investigation: Ferguson meteorology department. (Some savage racists bound to be lurking there.)

  48. @Truth
    Yeah, but as Whiskey would ask; which ones are the SEXY villains?

    In the movie, who’s the sexy one to you, Troofie? Anderson Cooper?

  49. @ben tillman

    Revenue generation through fines might explain why Officer Wilson was so interested in the 2 jaywalkers.
     
    They weren't jaywalking. They were walking in the middle of the street.

    They weren’t jaywalking. They were walking in the middle of the street.

    It probably doesn’t apply to inner-ring Ferguson, but residential streets in exurbs almost never have sidewalks. If you’re on foot, you’re either jaywalking or trespassing.

    Walking itself is “suspicious behavior” in such parts, but it’s not illegal. So they can get you for the other two if need be.

    Don’t get me going on cul-de-sac farms. “If you have to ask directions, you don’t belong here!” Last week, my brother-in-law’s wife got a “gender-reveal party” gift from her sister which had a four-letter word on it. Our kids were there, and the two women said, Don’t let them see it. Are you kidding? They heard Mommy use it several times when Daddy got horribly lost looking for the house!

  50. Yeah, but as Whiskey would ask; which ones are the SEXY villains?

    The white British ones.

  51. @George
    "these are the two from the stealing!"

    So why wasn't the survivor Dorian Johnson charged with a crime?

    why wasn’t the survivor Dorian Johnson charged with a crime?

    In the store, Michael Brown handed a bunch of cigarillos to Dorian Johnson, but Johnson put them back on the counter before he left the store. This is seen on the video.

    During the struggle at the police vehicle, Brown handed all the cigarillos to Johnson (says Johnson himself). In theory, Johnson could have been charged with receiving stolen property, but he accepted them into his hands reflexively in a chaotic situation.

    When Johnson was questioned during the legal proceedings, he was given an informal immunity for the stealing of the cigarillos. The officials questioning him told him (recorded and transcribed) that he should speak freely about the stealing, because he would not be prosecuted for it.

    Johnson should have been charged with perjury and would have been convicted. His statements were contradicted massively by physical evidence.

  52. @eah
    In line with my comment, you ought to apply a demographic skew correction factor to each data point of the graph: PD(W/B) / Mu(W/B), where PD(W/B) = the % of Whites in the police department divided by the % of Blacks in the police department, and Mu(W/B) is the same for the municipality in general. If you did that, you may well find Ferguson is more of an outlier, since the demographic skew correction factor for Ferguson will be rather large-ish.

    To give an example, consider Philadelphia: per this census quickfacts link, the city of Philadelphia is 41% white, and 43% black; and per this Wikipedia link on the demographics of the Philadelphia PD, the PD is 56% white and 36% black. So the demographic skew correction factor for Philadelphia would be 1.6.

    The Wikipedia page on the Ferguson PD does not have a demographics section; this USA today article says the Ferguson PD has 50 white officers and 3 black officers. Using the same census quickfacts source for Ferguson demographics (in 2010, 29% white, 67% black) gives a demographic skew correction factor of 38.5 for Ferguson. (I hope I have done that correctly.)

    Although you could just as well say that since the factor is so large for Ferguson, if the cops there were really racist, it ought to have an arrest ratio that is more of an outlier.

    …. since the factor is so large for Ferguson, if the cops there were really racist, it ought to have an arrest ratio that is more of an outlier

    I have not seen any evidence that any Ferguson cops are racist.

    For example, there is no evidence that Darren Wilson is racist.

    You seem to think that a disproportionate number of White police officers is evidence of racism.

  53. @ben tillman

    So if you live in the city of Atlanta, you have a higher chance of being struck by lightening than you have of being murdered by a White thug. A White thug problem is basically non existent in the city of Atlanta.
     
    Not true. Whites, including members of the upper class, in Atlanta are prone to violence and look for excuses to start fights in bars. You won't be murdered, but there is a huge "White thug" problem in Atlanta.

    I live in Atlanta. What the hell are you talking about?

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