What is the percentage of a city that is black where the deleterious impact of this community will be felt (property valuations depreciate, crime rises, stores shutter, quality of public schools drop as more resources spent on security/police than text books, and budget deficits pile up as tax revenue dries up)?
Five percent? 10 percent? 15 percent?
Madison, Wisconsin is roughly 8 percent black (79 percent white) and famously one of the most liberal, tolerant cities in America. Even at such a small percentage of the population, blacks are arrested at 10 times the rate of whites in Madison.
The 2018 Madison Police Department Annual Report was recently released, and no local media outlet has analyzed the data, instead reflexively blaming white privilege, structural inequality, implicit bias and a racist criminal justice system for the continued arrests of blacks.
So what does the arrest data about violent crime by race in eight percent black Madison for 2018 show?
- 83% of those arrested for homicide are black (10/12)
- 75% of those arrested for robbery are black (49/65)
- 44% of those arrested of forcible sexual assault are black (36/81)
- 69% of those arrested for weapons offenses are black (102/147)