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Determining American reality is sometimes difficult due to the flaws of government statistics, with the contentious subject of race and crime being a perfect example.

The FBI publishes a Uniform Crime Report, providing a vast quantity of public data on crime and arrest statistics, including the recorded race of offenders. Anyone interested in learning the crime rates of blacks or Asians may easily do so, these days with merely a few clicks of the mouse on the Internet. However, Hispanics are categorized as an ethnicity rather than a racial group, and are therefore usually aggregated with whites, making it impossible to obtain Hispanic rates of criminality in the same easy manner.

Unsurprisingly, this vacuum of solid official information has frequently been filled with nonsense, as wild rumors of brutal MS-13 gang atrocities and Mexican drug cartel beheadings have influenced public perceptions of an American sub-population now numbering over fifty million, sometimes with unfortunate political consequences.

Given the importance of the topic, a couple of years ago I attempted to correct this confusion in His-Panic: The Myth of Immigrant Crime. I utilized several different analytical techniques to reasonably estimate the true rate of Hispanic crime in America, and all of these converged to the same conclusion, namely that Hispanics have approximately the same crime rates as whites of the same age and gender.

One of my approaches was rather elegant, and I was quite surprised it had not previously been utilized by the academic community. The crime rates for all of America’s major cities are easily found in the FBI data, while the racial composition of these same cities is provided by the U.S. Census. So I simply calculated the weighted correlations between these two data sets across several different crime categories and various different years, running these calculations both for all cities over 250,000 in population and also only those over 500,000 in size. In all these dozens of different cases, the urban crime correlations for white percentage and Hispanic percentage were almost always quite close, strongly implying that these two groups have similar crime rates.

Naturally, this conclusion provoked a tremendous storm of controversy across the Internet, with a vigorous and often highly vituperative debate raging for months, just as in the more recent case of my Race/IQ series. Since 2010 many of my more open-minded critics had gradually acknowledged that I was probably correct, but there remained some notable exceptions.

The debate on the topic has now suddenly been revived, with the exceptions diminished. For the last decade or more, one of the most highly regarded bloggers within the racialist community has been the individual styling himself “La Griffe du Lion,” whose dozens of lengthy quantitative analyses on race, crime, and IQ go back to 1999. Over the years, his degree of analytical detail has led to widespread suspicions that he is actually a prominent mainstream academic, hiding his extremely controversial racial views under a pseudonym. Possible identities have been suggested, one of which has always seemed reasonably plausible to me.

In the past, La Griffe has claimed that Hispanics had a crime rate many times higher than that of whites with rates almost identical to that of blacks, “proving” this with all sorts of complex calculus formulas. When I raised some major doubts about his methodology, he was quite dismissive and insulting in his responses, and charged that I was simply ignoring “the stark facts” that “White and Hispanic criminality distributions differ profoundly,” and by over a full standard deviation. Naturally, he paid no attention at all to my own TAC article on the subject.

But for some reason, La Griffe has now ended several years of hibernation, and published a lengthy analysis concluding that Hispanics and whites have approximately the same crime rates, constituting a total reversal of his previous position. To my mind, the methodology he uses seems eerily similar to that of my own article, namely comparing the crime rates of major cities against their Census-based ethnicities. Perhaps as a nod to my own previous study and in his usual playful style, he presents the analysis in the form of a speech to the Union of Nationalist Zapatistas (UNZ). In any event, I am very pleased to have my 2010 analysis now completely confirmed via a somewhat different calculation by one of the foremost quantitative experts in the racialist firmament of the Internet.

The exciting word of a new La Griffe essay has begun to spread around the racial-blogosphere, with Steve Sailer announcing A New La Griffe essay!, and already attracting well over a hundred comments. Reading through these threads tends to demonstrate the rather unimpressive quality of much typical racialist thought on the Internet, with most of the angry participants denouncing the incompetence of their erstwhile intellectual idol, and several even darkly suggesting that “La Griffe has to be Unz.” Presumably, the fact that prior to his current reversal, his published articles had almost invariably disagreed with mine on virtually every issue is powerful proof that I suffer from severe schizophrenia, and had created an anonymous Internet identity with polar-opposite views and a totally different writing style. Poor La Griffe—the tone of the comments suggests that his column may have put him on the road from racialist icon to forthcoming purge-victim.


Finally, I have a somewhat parallel postscript on my Race/IQ series. In my last column, I had highlighted my discovery that Arthur Jensen and Hans Eysenck decades ago concluded that Mexican-Americans had approximately the same innate intelligence as whites, with their much lower IQs being due to transitory socio-economic deprivation. I suggested that this historical fact might cause considerable consternation in IQ-activist circles, since Jensen and Eysenck ranked as the Marx and Engels of their movement, and purging them would be unthinkable. Nonetheless, the purge seems to have begun, as a racialist blogger calling himself “StatSquatch” not only rejected any notion that Jensen was his intellectual idol, but denounced Jensen’s techniques, claiming that “Jensen’s method of correlated vectors is terrible.” The same blogger had also earlier claimed that the weighted correlation of 0.86 I had found with regard to timewise Irish IQs was probably due to random effects.

Given that I claim no great expertise in IQ matters, while Prof. Jensen—although nearly ninety—is still alive and well and publishing at Berkeley, perhaps his numerous research errors should be brought to his attention. I suspect a certain academic email box is even now being filled with angry notes from “StatSquatch” and his friends.

(Republished from The American Conservative by permission of author or representative)
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  1. TomB says:

    Ron Unz wrote:

    “To my mind, the methodology [La Griffe] uses seems eerily similar to that of my own article, namely comparing the crime rates of major cities against their Census-based ethnicities. Perhaps as a nod to my own previous study and in his usual playful style, he presents the analysis in the form of a speech to the Union of Nationalist Zapatistas (UNZ). In any event, I am very pleased to have my 2010 analysis now completely confirmed via a somewhat different calculation by one of the foremost quantitative experts in the racialist firmament of the Internet.”

    You’re being lampooned here, Mr. Unz: La Griffe’s portraying you as a bootlicking speaker going to some ethno-nationalist spoils group and saying to them “See? Here’s a fancy—if purely mathematical/statistical way—of denying your ethno-nationalist group has any crime problem!”

    Thus he has “you” bragging about counting crimes instead of criminals and ignoring “evidence [] directly related to what is happening on the street [] from incarceration records, court appearances or sentencing data,” and obviously groveling to be regarded as a hero to that ethno-nationalist group.

    Moreover, in using your technique faithfully and alone and *not* taking into account “what is actually happening on the street,” he/”you” *still* comes up with figures different than yours I believe in still showing some non-insignificant differences between white and hispanic crime rates.

    Your leg’s being pulled here, Mr. Unz, hard.

  2. M_Young says:

    Let’s assume that ‘La Griffe’ is playing it straight. Even this analysis shows that ‘Latino’ violent crime is 14% higher than ‘Anglo’ crime. Fourteen percent is not nothing, in fact that differential translates into billions of dollars going toward the ‘prison-industrial’ complex.

    Mr. Unz also tends to confuse some similar, but quite different ‘factions’ on the interwebs. Some HBD enthusiasts are white nationalists, many are not. Certainly the stable Mr. Unz pulled his researcher from — GNXP — was South-Asian supremacist if anything. Jared Taylor readily acknowledges north-east Asian superiority on a variety of measures of intelligence and socialization, but as a proud white man simply refuses to accept these are a reason whites should be replaced by Asian immigrants.

    Finally, Mr. Unz should consider this, the NAEP snapshot of California’s 2011 results on mathematics tests for the eighth grade.

    In 2011, Hispanic students had an average score that was
    30 points lower than White students. This performance
    was not significantly different from that in 1990 (34 points).

    That must be disheartening. After more than a decade of ‘English for the Children’, after an increasing percentage of these children are native born, the gap persists.

  3. B. Fife says:

    Both Jensens career and character are stellar. Please don’t put Marx and Engels in the same paragraph as Jensen.

  4. B. Fife says:

    I am not questioning you, but in Chicago hispanic crime far, far, far, outpaces white crime. There is no doubt, it is not even close, and no argument can be made that white/hispanic crime are similar.

    Countrywide? I don’t know.

  5. c matt says:

    However, Hispanics are categorized as an ethnicity rather than a racial group,

    Well, it makes sense. A blue-eyed, blond haired German sur-named Argentinian is classified as “hispanic” along with darker complexioned descendants of Mexican indigenous tribes. It would be akin to classifying “Americans” as a race. Unless your stats somehow break out “non-white” Hispanics?

  6. Folks,

    I wouldn’t make to much of this. Ron is attempting to infer ethnic / racial crime rates by multiple regression. Not a bad idea per se. However, multiple regression assumes fixed relative crime rates (a linear model) across population distributions. Griffe makes this point rather well.

    “In any given calendar year, the violent-crime rates of the racial and ethnic groups that inhabit a city are characteristic of the groups, but are independent of the particular city in which the groups reside”

    If that was actually true, then the same results would show up in the state level UCR data. They don’t. The state level shows very high levels of Hispanic criminality.

    Note that this works both ways. The state level data undermines the credibility of the city data and vice versa.

    A deeper point is that multiple regression is subject to something called “multicollinearity”. A quote from Wikipedia should help here.

    “Multicollinearity is a statistical phenomenon in which two or more predictor variables in a multiple regression model are highly correlated. In this situation the coefficient estimates may change erratically in response to small changes in the model or the data. Multicollinearity does not reduce the predictive power or reliability of the model as a whole, at least within the sample data themselves; it only affects calculations regarding individual predictors.”

    Note that the “individual predictors” in this case are the relative ethnic / racial crime rates.

  7. FredR says:

    Schaeffer, why don’t you have your own blog?

  8. MEH 0910 says:

    From the new La Griffe essay:

    As for blacks, their crime rate remains by any measure uniquely high.

    From the past Ron Unz essay, Immigration, the Republicans, and the End of White America:

    A greater difficulty on the Republican side of the aisle would involve the entrenched ideological positions of many conservative elected officials and pundits, who over the years have come to vaguely regard minimum wage laws as being “bad,” both economically and even spiritually, having substituted dogma for thinking. As an example, conservative firebrand Rep. Michele Bachmann recently hinted that the solution to America’s current economic problems might involve substantially reducing our existing minimum-wage rates. Presumably, she believes our country would prosper by cutting its wages to Sub-Saharan African levels, then naturally importing millions of Sub-Saharan Africans happy to work at those rates.

  9. TGGP says:

    StatSquatch is flattered, but would like to correct some claims made above.

  10. Anonymous • Disclaimer says: • Website

    If a city is 100 percent Hispanic, then it is zero percent Black. (Ignoring overlap).

    Each percentage point higher in Hispanic will tend to mean a lower percentage of blacks and by this effect will lower crime rate.

    Suppose Hispanic increases 3 percent points, black falls 1 percent points, White falls 2 percent points. If the ratios are right, this could produce zero change in crime rate. Or some other combination.

    If one regresses crime rate in a city against percentage Hispanic then the varying black percentage has to be controlled for.

    Dependent variable: crime rate

    Independent variables: Black, Hispanic percentage.

    Has anyone done this?

    There is also a White, Asian split to consider. If one has groups that sum to 100 percent, there is multiple collinearity? So one has to be left out?

    B+W+H+A = 100

    For many of the cities, A is zero, so B,W,H is multi-collinear.

    In any case, this appears to be a major issue in the results.

  11. Could someone please confirm or deny… this is a troll piece right?

    My head is hurting. But i am beginning to suspect i know the Lion from its claw!
    If true, utmost respect sir!

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