Killing for a Browser

My eye was caught by this amusing bit of nonsense on Facebook:

Internet explorer v murder

Curious, I had a quick look at murder rates, and they confirm the popular belief that the murder rate in the United States has been, throughout the last hundred years or so, much higher than in other first world countries. The stats also show that murder rates in the United States have been coming down in recent years.

Homicide rates worldwide

Also true, it seems, is the unfashionable but still common belief that a disproportionate number of homicides in the United States are committed by black offenders. According to the FBI, via Wikipedia:

According to the FBI, “When the race of the offender was known, 53.0 percent were black…”

Even more startling are the statistics where the victim is black:

According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, from 1980 to 2008, 84 percent of white homicide victims were killed by white offenders and 93 percent of black homicide victims were killed by black offenders.[31]

Only about 12% of Americans are black according to the 2010 U.S. Census. And so, roughly, if you are a white American, a black American is no more likely to be your killer that another white American. But if you are a black American, another black American is many times more likely to be your killer than a white American.

All of this seems to be consonant with the evidence that a very substantial proportion of knife crime in London is black on black.

Hmm. This does not make comfortable reading. Shall we stick to the nonsense about correlation between murder rates and Internet browsers?


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