Minorities: Homicide

The number of homicide/murders victims in the United States categorized by race and as a qualifier the number is compared to the overall race's percentage of the population.
The number of homicide/murders victims in the United States categorized by race and as a qualifier the number is compared to the overall race's percentage of the population.  

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Disparities Continue in Minority Communities
Published Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

In President Obama’s inaugural speech, he stated that “We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united.” In the United States minorities make up 33% (Hispanics 15%, Black 13.5% and Asian 5%) of the population where in 67% of the population is Non-Hispanic White. The strides that minorities have overcome are remarkable, but some inequalities still exist.

As for Educational Attainment, in 2006 the Hispanic population experienced the lowest high school degree attainment percentages—55%—of all minorities, other minorities came in at 83% of the Asian Community and 74% of the Black Community. The White community held the highest percentage of HS degrees at 85%. The average income for the white families averages to $54,920, Black families earned $33,916, Hispanics families earned $35,000, and Asian families earned $52,000 annually. Health Insurance coverage varies widely with both White and Asian communities holding the first and second place with nearly 80% privately covered, yet 49% of the Black community and 50% of the Hispanic community holds private coverage. Regarding public health rolls, the Blackcommunity has 24.5%, compared to 21.8% of the Hispanics. The uninsured percentage of the two groups is at 19.7% and 32.7% respectivly.  The greatest disparity is crime, in which the Black community at 13% of the population experiences 49.3% of the total murders and is imprisoned 3200 out of 100,000 of its own population.

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Teen Murders Increase in African-American Communities
Published Monday, December 29th, 2008

Since 2000, the number of murders of African-American teenagers rose 26% to 746 murders in 2007, a stark difference in overall homicide percentage over the same time of 7.4%, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Uniform Crime Reports. The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this year that while most communities in the United States were experiencing a decline in homicides, many African-American neighborhoods were continuing a trend of increasing violence. Nationally, the number of homicides and violent crimes overall dropped last year, after increasing for two straight years in a row. African-American juveniles, 14-17 years of age, seem to be experiencing a more pronounced trend, as homicides steadily rose from year to year as did the arrest rate — up 38% since 2000 — for the same group.

The number of murders each year are relatively the same for both White and Black members of the populations.  Yet, considering the population percentage by race, the African-American population by far experiences more homicides than any other group.   As a percentage of the population the White population makes up 80% and experiences 46.8% of the Murders, as opposed to the Black population at 13% and experiences 49.3% of the Murders.

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Department of Justice: Minority Victims - http://www.ncjrs.gov/App/Topics/Topic.aspx?Topicid=194
NCJRS offers a range of services and resources, balancing the information needs of the field with the technological means to receive and access support. The following offers a number of highlights of NCJRS services and resources.

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U.S. Department of Justice: Disproportionate Minority Contact - http://ojjdp.ncjrs.gov/dmc/index.html
This site, though not exhaustive, lists all State studies and reports related to disproportionate minority contact (DMC) available at the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.