The crime and criminal record statistics of black Americans are frightening; and they keep getting worse. These figures, of course, give us pause. Yet, it must be kept in mind that none of these figures demonstrates that blacks as a race are more prone to crime. Rather, the figures show that the average black person in the United States is more likely than the average white person to be so situated in the social structure that he or she is more likely to be involved in crime, with an even higher likelihood of being arrested, convicted, and imprisoned.
Reed, Wornie L.
"Crime, Drugs, and Race,"
Trotter Review: Vol. 5
, Article 2.
Available at: http://scholarworks.umb.edu/trotter_review/vol5/iss3/2