Madison, WI is one of the more famously liberal cities in America. I can’t find how the city of Madison voted in 2012, but Dane County, including Madison’s suburbs and exurbs, voted for Obama 71-27 over Romney.
But even in progressive Madison, where the state government and the University of Wisconsin dominate ideology, the virus of white racism has yet to be wholly eradicated. From the Wisconsin State Journal:
16 hours ago • By Nico Savidge | Wisconsin State Journal
A black person in Madison is over 10 times more likely than a white person to be arrested, according to data analyzed by the State Journal that showed African-Americans — who make up about 7 percent of the city’s population — account for 45 percent of arrests.
The vastly different rates of arrest are the latest statistical measure of racial disparities in Wisconsin’s capital city, a place where, data have shown, blacks are much more likely than whites to struggle in school, live in poverty and be arrested and incarcerated.
A State Journal review of two years of Madison Police Department arrests found authorities arrested whites at a rate of 2.6 arrests per 100 white residents annually.
African-Americans, meanwhile, wound up in handcuffs at a rate of 27.6 arrests per 100 residents each year — more than 10 times the rate of whites. Hispanics were also more likely than whites to be arrested. …
Disparity far wider than national average
Madison is far from the only city in which African-Americans make up a disproportionate share of those arrested. The difference here, however, is just how large the gap is between black and white arrest rates.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, African-Americans nationally were arrested at a rate of 7.9 arrests per 100 people in 2012, the most recent year for which data were available, compared to a white rate of 3.4 arrests per 100 people.
The data the State Journal analyzed — which covered every Madison Police Department arrest from 2013 and 2014 — showed the city’s black arrest rate was more than three times higher than it is nationally.
The national numbers are not directly comparable to the rates of arrest the State Journal found, as they do not take into account arrests of people who are of Hispanic origin — a distinction of ethnicity, not of race.
Most Hispanics are instead counted as white in the national data.
In Madison, Hispanics were arrested at an annual rate of 4.3 arrests per 100 residents, meaning they were 1.65 times more likely than whites to be arrested.
A city’s arrest rate can be affected by several factors, such as people who are arrested more than once or residents of other cities who are arrested there.
While Madison’s difference in arrest rates is large, Nelson said it was not particularly surprising given the gaps between white and black Dane County residents showcased in the Race to Equity project’s influential 2013 report.
I blogged about this report in 2013: “Which KKK-infested county is this?”
Department data showed that nearly all of the incidents MPD officers respond to are the result of calls from the public for police services, Koval said. Officers self-initiate less than 2 percent of incidents, he said.
Not a lot of proactive policing in this capital of liberalism. Funny how blacks tend to get in trouble more under liberal cultures than under more conservative cultures.