"We're On National Television, You Can't Say Things Like That"

CNN panelist freaks out after guest says African-Americans commit more crimes
Chris Menahan

InformationLiberation
Jul. 12, 2016

This just in: citing crime stats is now racist.

From Raw Story:
Former NYPD detective Harry Houck on Monday argued that the black Americans were “prone to criminality,” and that activists should stop claiming that blacks were being “picked on” by law enforcement.

During a panel discussion on CNN’s New Day about police killing two black men, Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, Houck argued that “racial demagogues” were wrong to complain about “disparities of blacks and whites in jails.”

Houck presented a sheet of paper which he said had statistics proving that black people were far more likely to commit violent crimes than whites.
Houck pointed out that despite African-Americans making up only 23 percent of the population in New York City, they're responsible for "seventy-five percent of all shootings, 70 percent of all robberies, and 60 percent of all violent crimes," whereas only "3 percent" of those arrested for murder in 2014 were white.

Raw Story doesn't want their readers to know this fact.
“That’s why there are more blacks in jail than there are whites,” he insisted. “They turn it around — the racial demagogues out there — turn it around that the blacks are being picked on.”
CNN commentator Mark Lamont Hill pointed out that an investigation in Ferguson, Missouri found that there was “considerable evidence of racism” in the police department.

“It doesn’t matter!” Houck exclaimed.

“Harry just went on national TV and said black people are prone to criminality!” Hill observed.

“Well, they are!” Houck replied.
The "sheet of paper" Raw Story glossed over contained basic crime statistics anyone can look up.

This chart, for example, shows African-Americans in New York City are 30.9 times more likely to be arrested for murder than whites, and 98.4 times more likely to be arrested for a shooting:



Hill made every effort to dodge the bleak reality of the statistics and instead threw a fit over the definition of the word "prone," which he evidently does not understand.

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