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Post-Racial Update: Blacks Receive 60% Longer Criminal Sentences than Whites

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Well, I guess someone saw it fit to actually spend money to conduct a study to tell us something that we already know. Excuse me, something that only Black people knew. I mean let’s face it: this isn’t exactly new groundbreaking news, yes? But as I mentioned to a friend, nothing is official in America unless it comes from the scholarship of “certain people”.

Systemic racism? What the hell is that? They ain’t burning crosses and hanging Black folks anymore. Hell, we’s post-racial now, RiPPa! Yeah I know, stories or studies like the following and the one I shared recently about Black folks and bankruptcy are all made up. Yep, studies such as this one aren’t valid. That is, unless they come from white comedians in Blackface on college campuses across America. I mean, why even listen to complaining Black folks, right?

A new academic study of 58,000 federal criminal cases has found significant disparities in sentencing for blacks and whites arrested for the same crimes. The research led to the conclusion that African-Americans’ jail time was almost 60% longer than white sentences.

According to M. Marit Rehavi of the University of British Columbia and Sonja B. Starr, who teaches criminal law at the University of Michigan Law School, the racial disparities can be explained “in a single prosecutorial decision: whether to file a charge carrying a mandatory minimum sentence….Black men were on average more than twice as likely to face a mandatory minimum charge as white men were, holding arrest offense as well as age and location constant.” Prosecutors are about twice as likely to impose mandatory minimums on black defendants as on white defendants.

In federal cases, black defendants faced average sentences of 60 months, while the average for white defendants was only 38 months.

The report concludes that sentence disparities “can be almost completely explained by three factors: the original arrest offense, the defendant’s criminal history, and the prosecutor’s initial choice of charges.” (source)

At any rate, what does it matter to have information like this if nothing is going to be done about it? Yep, simple-minded readers will say this is yet just another reason for people like me to “hate whitey,” I suppose. Rather than act in the interest of justice and equality. I’m pretty sure someone will digest this info and suggest that it’s better that Blacks are locked away longer, because we are genetically predisposed to commit crimes. Sounds crazy, but people actually believe we are.

The issue of mass incarceration is almost never discussed within our political discourse. That is with the exception of the occasional racist Willie Horton ad if you’d like to give the impression that as a candidate, you’re tough on crime. This is one issue that I suppose many see as a political liability. I mean how dare anyone running for president speak about the racial disparities in sentencing, the prison industrial complex, or even the opportunity cost of it all, right?

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Published on: February 10, 2012

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  • ApparantlyRaceDoesMatter

    Interesting, were they prior offenders? If Blacks are not “genetically predisposed” to comitt crimes, then how do you explain it?  Oh I see aside from your racist mantra you seem to have misunderstood the very conclusion of the report that you qouted.

    You see in civilization the defendants third time raping or robbing someone is considered a repeat offender and likely to get the maximum sentence.

    Now how is that racist if Blacks without a doubt do comitt the most crimes anywhere in the world?

    The report concludes that sentence disparities “can be almost completely explained by three factors: the original arrest offense, the defendant’s criminal history, and the prosecutor’s initial choice of charges.” (source)

    • Anonymous

       Your IQ is obviously low. Whites committed the most violent crimes in 2010 and I’m sure 2011, but it wouldn’t look like that because of how one sided the media is and how it loves to show black people in a bad light. But when we are the victims like kidnapping they don’t like to show us more black people get kidnapped more than whites but the media loves when whites are the victims so they show whites more. Also you still did not address the racism when it comes to sentences. What’s the difference between a black and white man killing someone? Why do we have to get longer sentences.

      Plus you are obviously dumb and copy what other stupid whites say, whites do the serious crimes, Black people will usually rob, or sell drugs or do them. Whites rape children, have sex with animals, are serial killers, kill their wives, now some black people do those things but it is a white thing but because of white privilege them doing those things are not connected their race.(Though it was/is a white thing) people saw a few black people steal from liquor stores and now it’s hold against us. Whites have privilege it’s obvious like you for example you connect everything to race what it’s a black person but when it’s a white person you use and I know you do use HE or SHE race isn’t connected. Also on behalf of the black people I’d like to give a big HUGE FUCK YOU.

      • RaceDoesMatter

        Spoken like the true Bell Curve representative that you are.   If you could read, you would understand the very report posted lists the very high percentages of Blacks for all crimes – that is ALL crimes – and also specificies that the reason they get longer sentences statistically is because they are repeat offenders.   I know that fairness is not fair to you .   I’ll just ignore the rest of your angry Black outburst for what it is, just an angry Black low IQ outburst.

      • HammerOfTruth

        Oh look, some racist, blanket statements coming from somebody crying about racial injustice. What a suprise! On behalf of everybody who isn’t a hypocrite, with half a brain, I’d like to give a big HUGE KILL YOURSELF. And don’t think i’m defending “RaceDoesMatter” I just call it as I see it. If you want the issue of systematic racial injustice settled, might I suggest you try not to let your own anti-white sentiments shine through? Just a thought…

  • http://brothawolf.wordpress.com Brotha Wolf

    I always knew that blacks are given longer sentences than whites for the same crimes, but I never knew how much or what percentage it was. 

    Though, I know some people will look at this data and will conclude that it’s because black people are more criminal prone as if we were born with some “criminal” gene. SMH.

  • http://twitter.com/SandiBehrns Sandi Behrns

    Just so you know…trying to tweet this story out via your tweet button so you’ll know, but it’s failing. Will send manually. At any rate – great post!