In 2011, I calculate the overall US murder rate as 4.6 per 100,000 population.
But if you recalculate this, and assumed that black men murdered at the
same rate as everyone else, the overall rate would drop to 1.9 out of
100,000 population. That would give the United States the 147th highest
murder rate in the world - or, the 60th best.
The insane disproportionate murder rate among US blacks is why the overall US murder rate seems so high.
I don't understand why liberals refuse to talk about this. I don't
understand why blacks refuse to talk about this. Blacks are just as
often the victim as the offender - almost SIXTY PERCENT of murder
victims in the US are black. Shouldn't they care about this? Where are
Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton to talk about this? Yet they are silent.
And it's not like this is any secret. This culture of violence, abuse of
women, and plain thuggery is paraded around daily in pop music. It's
glorified on TV shows like "The Wire…
I have not sat on a grand jury any time in my life. I am disinclined, having not pored through records, nor listened to dozens of witnesses, to second-guess the difficult decisions these jurors have had to make.
HOWEVER. There is a clear problem of trust going on, and it stems from a couple different sources.
1) Grand Juries are usually secret. There are good reasons for this. Simply investigating whether a crime might have occurred, which is what Grand Juries do, collects a lot of evidence which could put people's lives at risk, or could be embarrassing. You want folks to feel free to talk. And you don't want the person being investigated to get unduly smeared.
However, the flip side of secrecy is that the lack of transparency can lead to a loss of trust. Clearly, in the two incidents discussed recently, many people who have no idea what went on in the GJ's or what evidence was presented, know, they just KNOW, an injustice was committed! And, because they have no opportun…