Amid Ferguson Concerns, Blacks Worry About Crime In Their Neighborhoods


Amid all the concern about the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, some commentators are asking, “Where is all the outrage over black-on-black crime?,” says Slate. All the available evidence points to one answer: black people are concerned with crime in their neighborhoods. While black neighborhoods are far less dangerous than they were a generational ago, black people are still concerned with victimization. Using data from the University of Albany's Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics, the Sentencing Project found that as a group racial minorities are more likely than whites to report an “area within a mile of their home where they would be afraid to walk alone at night” (41 percent to 30 percent) and more likely to say there are certain neighborhoods they avoid, which they otherwise might want to go to (54 percent to 46 percent).

In 2012, Gallup found that compared to the general public, blacks were more worried about “being attacked” while driving their car, more worried about being the victim of a hate crime, and more worried about “being murdered.” A survey last year for NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard School of Public Health, found that 26 percent of black Americans rank crime as the most important issue facing the area they live. Atlantic Media's “State of the City” poll last summer shows an “urban minority” class that's worried about crime, and skeptical toward law enforcement, but eager for a greater police presence if it means less crime.

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