Especially when black people are getting punished harsher than whites in the justice system?
They are, and for good reason. http://www.dc.state..../9596/ii_2.html
This study is one of the few I've seen that fails to find that race determines the severity of punishments because they control for a lot of the things that affect sentencing.
Overall, the empirical evidence presented in detail in this section documents three primary conclusions:
Before examining any other factors, black offenders were more likely than white offenders to be sentenced to prison (Table 1). Within many offense groups, black offenders received longer prison sentences than white offenders (Table 2).
However, black offenders had higher rates of characteristics generally considered appropriate for higher rates of imprisonment and longer prison sentences (e.g., more serious crimes and more serious prior criminal records) (Table 3).
After taking into account relevant sentencing factors, race was not found to be an influential factor in determining either the decision to sentence an offender to prison (Table 4) or the length of prison sentences for those receiving a prison term (Table 5).
So you can certainly compare drug offenses between white and black offenders, but is the black offender more likely to have a gun around? Is the black drug offender more likely to be involved in intimidation and coercion? Is the black drug offender more likely to be involved with a gang? The evidence suggests that things like this may be going on.
Black offenders had higher overall sentencing guidelines points, which are a composite of the seriousness of the current primary crime, additional current crimes, prior criminal record, victim injury, supervision violation points, drug trafficking enhancements, and law enforcement protection enhancements. The average for total points was 30.7 for black offenders compared to 26.3 for white offenders -- a difference of 4.4 points, or 14.3%.
So what if black people commit racially biased crimes out of proportion to their numbers when whites still commit numerically more racially biased crimes? Like more than 3x as many. According to your own source, whites commited 4092 hate crimes while black people commited 1254. You're a fucking joke.
Whites commit more crimes simply because there are more of them running around, and if you consider that Latinos/Hispanics are lumped in with non-Hispanic whites a lot of the time despite differences in demographic characteristics (poverty, education, etc.), whites probably do even better than the statistics would suggest.
If we are talking about hate crimes specifically, well, vandalism involving a racial epithet is considered a hate crime and reflected in the statistics, while a crime in which four African Americans raped and killed a white couple
is just another murder if it cannot be determined to be racially motivated. No hate was involved when the quartet poured chemicals down Ms. Christian's throat.
The news media largely ignored this story.
Edited by Spokker, 21 March 2012 - 03:43 AM.