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The Lie That Blacks Are Unfairly
Profiled
By Brandon Hammond

From the very beginning, Black Lives Matter has claimed that police unfairly profiling blacks is
racist. This however, is not true. In fact, if you look at the statistics, which we will get to shortly, you
will see that this profiling is in fact, justified. Before I get to that, however, I would like to quickly go
over what exactly profiling is.
Profiling is a method used by police officers to assess the likelihood of an individual doing
something, for example selling drugs or being in a gang, based on how they look, act, and talk. While
BLM makes it seem as though profiling is solely based on race, this is not true. Profiling takes into
account things such as how an individual speaks, how they are dressed, how they act, and other cues
such as body language as well as race. Profiling has been proven to be an effective method of deducing
things about individuals simply by observing. Since BLM only focuses on racial profiling, I will prove
its validity with statistics, specifically determining the ratio of criminals:total population, for blacks and
whites.
To begin this, we are going to need to find out the total population of blacks and whites in the
United States, which are displayed in the table below (note that I am not including other races):
RACE

PERCENTAGE

ACTUAL

Black

12.2%

37,685,848

White

63.7%

196,817,552

As you can see from this, the white population in the United States is about 5 times as large as
the black population, giving us a ratio of 5:1, meaning that for every five whites, there is one black.
Now that we have the total population statistics, lets get the crime statistics. The table below shows
murder, rape, and robbery statistics by race.
CRIME

BLACK
PERCENTAGE

BLACK ACTUAL

WHITE
PERCENTAGE

WHITE ACTUAL

Murder

49.4%

4,203

48.2%

4,101

Rape

32.5%

4,512

65.0%

9,027

Robbery

54.9%

44,002

43.4%

34,761

If you add take the sum of these numbers, you end up with a total of 52,717 blacks and 47,889
whites convicted of these crimes. This shows us, that despite whites outnumbering blacks 5:1, blacks
still commit more crimes than whites.
Since the majority of people consider these three crimes to be among the worst, lets see if we
can determine the ratio of criminals to total populations for whites and blacks. For simplicities sake,
lets round the black population up to 40,000,000, the black criminal population down to 50,000, the
white population up to 200,000,000, and the white criminal population up to 50000. This leaves us with
the following fractions:
50000
for blacks, and
40000000
fractions:
4
for blacks, and
4000

50000
for whites. If you reduce these, you will end up with the
200000000

1
for whites.
4000

This means that blacks commit the crimes of murder, rape, and robbery at a rate four times
higher than that of whites. This means that 4 in every 4,000 blacks have commited these crimes, while
only 1 in every 4,000 whites commit them.
This shows that police are justified in profiling blacks differently than whites due to the fact that
blacks are simply four times as likely to be criminals as whites. It is not due to racism, it is due to
simple numbers and facts.

SOURCES:
FBI Uniform Crime Report 2012, https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2012/crime-in-the-u.s.2012/tables/43tabledatadecoverviewpdf

InfoPlease.com Population Stats, https://www.infoplease.com/us/race-population/population-unitedstates-race-and-hispaniclatino-origin-census-2000-and-2010


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