This is the Lie That Makes Black People A Constant Suspect

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The International Review of Law and Economics (IRLE) analyzed LAPD data from 2000-2007 of interracial crimes where the victim(s) and assailant(s) were from different racial backgrounds. 

What IRLE discovered shatters a dangerous stereotype. 

The study found that white people were 13% more likely to assault a Black person and 0.5% more likely to use a weapon against them in a face-to-face crime - such as homicide, robbery, or assault - compared to when a Black person was committing the crime.

Doesn’t this conflict with how mainstream media portrays Black people as prone to violence and on the hunt for white victims?

You bet! Even more, researchers found that while Black assailants were more likely to commit robbery with a weapon against a white person, they are less likely to assault. 

In other words, these crimes were motivated by economic inequalities (being poor), not a personal vendetta (harming the person).

Criminal justice professionals (including the police, judges, and jurors) involved in cases against Black defendants are constantly force-fed images of mugshots or Black suspects in custody in the age of 24-hour news coverage. 

But these conclusions combat the negative stereotypes perpetuated about Black people as the aggressors.

This myth of Black aggression reinforces a dangerous bias that contributes to our higher rates of incarceration. It’s simply untrue and it’s simply unacceptable.

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