With all of the recent national media coverage, protests, and viral slogans like ‘White Silence is Violence,’ you may have believed that America has a racism problem, and that white Americans are the culprits.
You may have also noticed Lebron James’ recent tweet claiming that black Americans are ‘literally being hunted’ by white Americans every time they step foot outside their homes. But is this actually statistically and scientifically true?
We taken the time to dig deep into all available statistics, multi-variant analyses, and singular data points to find out. Based on all of the empirical information that exists, it seems to be the case that the reverse of James’ claim may actually have a better argument.
You would think that most Americans would care about what the science they declare they support concludes, but based on what we have seen over the past couple of years, this doesn’t seem to be the case. Here are the facts…
Hate Crime and Hate Groups
The national media often fails to mention that black Americans are vastly overrepresented among perpetrators of hate crimes—by 50 percent—according to recent Justice Department data from 2017; whites are underrepresented by 24 percent. It also doesn’t appear to matter which year we look at in regards to hate crimes, as the below results are fairly consistent.
Additionally, black Americans commit hate crimes at a rate that is three times higher than whites per 100,000 according to FBI crime data from 2016 and 2017. All of this data available, and yet the numerous congressional hearings on “White Nationalism” may have made you believe otherwise.
Black Americans are also more than twice as likely to be in a hate group than white Americans, according to the SPLC’s own data.