That' s a convenient explanation, however race
differences in crime rates persist after controlling for
socioeconomic stet's.[ 1] That' s why the best indicator
of violent crime levels in an area is the percentage of
the population that is black and Hispanic, with El
startling 31% , The next best indicators
are lack of education [SHE , poverty (36% l,
and unemployment (35% l, Control for afl three, and the
correlation only drops to 13%.
Poverty explains why blacks have a higher
crime rate than white people!
To make things simple: if Ma clots had the same jobs,
incomes, and education: as whites, they would
commit crimes at almost exactly the same rate as
they do now.
Minorities, Crime, and Criminal
llf' the Color . BEDS]