Criminologists’ Liberal Bias is Misleading Us All on Crime Facts

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Criminologists' Liberal Bias is Misleading Us All on Crime Facts

USA – -(Ammoland.com)- John Paul Wright, professor at University of Cincinnati, and Matthew DeLisi professor at Iowa State University have penned a powerful article titled “What Criminologists Don't Say, and Why,” in City Journal, Summer 2017.

There is significant bias among criminologists. The reason for that bias is that political leanings of academic criminologists are liberal. Liberal criminologists outnumber their conservative counterparts by a ratio of 30-to-1. Ideology almost perfectly predicts the position of criminologists on issues from gun control to capital punishment to harsh sentencing.

Liberal criminologists march in step for gun control, oppose punitive prison sentences, and are vehemently against the death penalty.

In 2012, the National Academy of Sciences commissioned a study on the growth of incarceration. It showed that from 1928 until 1960, crime rates rose slowly each year. After the 1960s, crime rates exploded to unprecedented levels of violence until the 1990s. Prior to 1980, only 40% of individuals arrested for murder were sentenced to prison and those that were served an average of five years. In 1981, less than 10% of those arrested for sexual assault were sentenced to prison. Those who were sentenced served an average of 3.4 years. Liberal criminologists probably believe that light sentencing for murderers and rapists is just.

If criminologists have the guts to even talk about a race-crime connection, it's behind closed doors and in guarded language. Any discussion about race and crime sets one up for accusations of racism and that can mean the destruction of one's professional career. Wright and DeLisi say that liberal criminologists avoid discussing even explicit racist examples of black-on-white crime such as flash-mob assaults, “polar bear hunting” and the “knockout game.” These are cases where black youth seek out white people to physically attack.

According to Wright and DeLisi: “Disproportionate black involvement in violent crime represents the elephant in the room amid the current controversy over policing in the United States. Homicide numbers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation Supplementary Homicide Reports, 1976-2005 indicate that young African-American males account for homicide victims at levels that are ten to 20 times greater than their proportion of the population and account for homicide offenders at levels that are 15 to 35 times greater than their proportion of the population. The black-white gap in armed-robbery offending has historically ranged between ten to one and 15 to one. For all racial groups, violent crime is strongly intra-racial, and the intra-racial dynamic is most pronounced among blacks.”

That means the primary victims of black crime are other black people. In more than 90% of homicides, for example, both the victim and the perpetrator are black.

Between 1991 and 2017, the nationwide violent crime rate fell from 758 cases to 382 cases per 100,000 people. Despite the evidence that higher incarceration reduces crime rates, many criminologists argue that “mass incarceration” has actually “took minority men out of their neighborhoods, stripped them of voting rights, destabilized families, and sapped already-paltry economic resources from struggling communities.” Wright and DeLisi say that “Such claims could seem plausible only if one believes — contrary to evidence and common sense — that career criminals contribute positively to their neighborhoods, enjoy stable and functional families, vote, and work. What they did, in reality, was to prey on their neighbors.”

Crime is a major problem for the black community. But in addition to incarcerating those who prey on the black community, what can be done?

The answer is easy, though implementation poses a challenge. We should re-adopt the values and practices of our ancestors. Black families of yesteryear were mainly two-parent and stable, even during slavery. Black people didn't tolerate property destruction. There were few school fights. Disrespect and assaults on teachers were virtually unknown. These are now all too common. The strong character of black people is responsible for the great progress made from emancipation to today. Find a 70-, 80- or 90-year-old black person and ask him whether today's conduct among black youth would have been tolerated yesteryear. I guarantee you that no will be their answer.


Walter E.Williams
Walter E. Williams

About Walter E.Williams

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. Williams is also the author of several books. Among these are The State Against Blacks, later made into a television documentary, America: A Minority Viewpoint, All It Takes Is Guts, South Africa's War Against Capitalism, More Liberty Means Less Government, Liberty Versus The Tyranny of Socialism, and recently his autobiography, Up From The Projects.

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    tomcat
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    The first part of Dr. Williams article was very interesting. I had never given any thought to or heard that criminologists are mostly liberal and believe in gun control. That is very telling as you would never want to plead your case with one of them if you shot someone in self defence.

    Wesman78
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    Wesman78

    Such as the ratio of all of academia is roughly 30-1 in favor of the liberals.

    Eric Ericx
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    AMEN!

    JohnBored
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    JohnBored

    I recently posted about a program I watched on CNN. In brief, CNN modeled Europe against the US. Specifically, they compared and contrasted the US and Switzerland. They pointed out Switzerland has more guns per capita than the US, but drastically lower gun crimes. They also stated Switzerland has greater gun control. However, what they fail to point out is that Switzerland consists of a homogeneous (white) population, universal middle class income, and cultural norms not found in all of the US. If one takes the black population, specifically urban black population out of the US data, one would find… Read more »

    Vern
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    Great article, the more exposer of liberal bias the better.

    Autsin Miller III
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    Autsin Miller III

    Thank you Professor Williams. Unfortunately the deterioration of society values as many of us understood them is not isolated to the black community. I have many black friends in the “Older” category and as you stated they lament the apparent lack of respect by the younger people, for the social mores folk our age have always accepted. As an older white man, I see the same trends among the white community as well but as long as the Kardashians are held in higher regard by said community than heart surgeons and educators I don’t see things changing for the better.… Read more »

    joefoam
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    joefoam

    Why is the ratio of criminologists so skewed to the left?

    Dave in Fairfax
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    Dave in Fairfax

    Joefoam, That ratio is a natural outgrowth of the Progressive swing of society. The existence of Criminology is an unnatural result based on an unnatural cause. Progressivism, being unnatural in its essence, leads to other unnatural acts, see: Clinton, Epstein. In the Progressive world, if you screw up, you go to prison to learn to be a better criminal. Once you have mastered that, you can Progress to being a politician. Perhaps even a President. In the natural world, if you screw up you die. No Progression or recidivism is possible. It’s self-limiting. Therefore, in the natural world there is… Read more »

    Wesman78
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    Wesman78

    All of academia is that way, so it’s par for the course.

    gsteele
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    gsteele

    “In more than 90% of homicides, for example, both the victim and the perpetrator are black.” That is an incorrect statistic. I have great faith in professor Williams’ writing, and have followed him for a long time. However, that sentence should have been written: “In more than 90% of homicides of black people, for example, both the victim and the perpetrator are black.” To state it as he wrote it implies that black people are responsible for 90% of homicides, which is untrue. Yes, a disproportionately large percentage when the percentage of black Americans is taken into account – but… Read more »

    Huapakechi
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    Huapakechi

    Speaking truth to liberals is likely to incite the screaming monkey crowd to action.

    Sam in New Hampshire
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    I’m sure Dr. Walter Williams cringed when he saw that an Ammoland editor wrote “Criminologist’s Liberal Bias” (the bias of ONE criminologist) instead of the proper “Criminologists’ Liberal Bias” (the bias of criminologists, plural) in the title of his article and the related photo caption.

    CaptainKerosene
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    CaptainKerosene

    The 1961-1968 New Frontier and Great Society had “unintended consequences” as welfare and destruction of the two parent home effected the nation. This was not just black families. But I t seems to be most obvious in the black demographic. It involved people moving to places with higher welfare payments despite their destination requiring a different educational level than they had been getting on the farm. Fathers were a factor in welfare and support checks. Fathers were not allowed in the home. Street gangs became families. Illegal drugs became an inner city problem. Gains made by blacks were reversed by… Read more »

    Warlok11
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    Warlok11

    Actually it had nothing yo do woth “higher welfare”, black families were drawn to urban cities for union manufactoring jobs that were plentiful, as soon as blacks joined and supported unionization, corporations searched for amd found cheaper workers outside the continental U.S., and imports didn’t have high tariffs, so companies moved there to maximize profits, this wasn’t a black white issue until welfare was inplemented, and then family units were broken up because of the no men rules, also red lining successful blacks into poorer neighborhoods were the rule of law, and the disenfranchised fed on each other. EVERY SUCCESSFUL… Read more »

    RoyD
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    RoyD

    Perhaps you could list some of those instances where, “EVERY SUCCESSFUL BLACK COMMUNITY IN THIS COUNYRY WAS ATTACKED AND DESTROYED BY RESENTFUL AND JEALOUS WHITE COMMUNITIES.” Enquiring minds want to know.

    Huapakechi
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    Huapakechi

    Don’t expect an answer.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @Gentlemen, So … we are all going to put money in this racist troll’s pocket, today? I am not even going to down vote it’s comments because that might add to his paycheck.

    Huapakechi
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    Huapakechi

    These incidents were fading antebellum war between the states, and an honest recounting of history would reveal that there were many prominent professional and political black citizens, until woodrow wilson was elected president. That democrat made his bias and racism national policy, and we’ve had to endure the results ever since.

    gsteele
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    gsteele

    Your statement is utter nonsense and race-baiting tripe. Shame on you.

    Dave in Fairfax
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    Dave in Fairfax

    Warlok11, I’ve been reading your comments on the articles for a bit now, and I’ve noticed that you seem eternally angry. That isn’t good for you physically or emotionally. You also seem to be very invested in racial and religious intolerance. That is unfortunate, but common amongst members of the Left. You might want to reconsider your stands on issues if you want to be considered someone worth listening to. You also might want to look up the meaning of warlock and see if you want to self-identify as a traitor. None of these things are requirements, merely suggestions, I’m… Read more »

    RoyD
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    RoyD

    Warlok11, I think I found an example of the destruction of a successful Black community for you. Here you go: https://news.yahoo.com/five-dead-mobs-burn-down-160644260.html

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @Kerosene, There is much evidence that those consequences were exactly what LBJ intended. His private words were recorded, but even I can not repeat them, here.
    But I like the rest of what you wrote.

    Huapakechi
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    Huapakechi

    ***The 1961-1968 New Frontier and Great Society had “unintended consequences” as welfare and destruction of the two parent home effected the nation. ***

    What makes you think these consequences were unintended? The democrat party has had an agenda of inflicting global socialism and making the United States subject to the whims of the united nations since the end of WWII and the founding of the u.n., after the prior attempt and failure of the league of nations.
    Fomenting discord and overloading the prisons with “racially disparate” criminal populations is only one aspect of the alinsky agenda and it’s ancillary cloward-piven strategy.

    Lee
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    Lee

    Dr. Williams is, as usual, spot on. Without being able to honestly address the causes of problems, any problems, the solution will never be found.

    RoyD
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    RoyD

    While I agree with most of what Dr. Williams said I will add this. The sense of tribalism, from whence they came, is still strong with Blacks. I knew otherwise smart, knowledgeable, conservative Blacks that voted for Obama. When I asked them why, they all to a person told me they did it because he was Black and they did it to express solidarity. Every single one of them. This also applies to Whites and others who will support their “champion”; but, I have never seen the blind loyalty that I saw when it came to Obama. Perhaps my experience… Read more »

    Buckshot
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    Buckshot

    Same thing as Hillary. Women voted for her because she was a woman. Never mind that her stances were contrary to their values.

    RoyD
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    RoyD

    There were some of those for sure but not in the percentages I’m talking about.

    Warlok11
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    Warlok11

    White christian men have always voted against their so called christian values, or do you overlook jim crow laws, red lining, and gerrymandering of voting districts, and then they would proudly exclaim that they love jesus and democracy while negating basic rights for Americans of color …

    Laddyboy
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    Laddyboy

    @W11; Your comment is making a HUGE error. These so-called christians you speak of are NOT Christians. A Christian does NOT do intentional harm to others. No matter the color of the other person. These false Ones only operate under the cover of RELIGIOSITY, just as do the islamic terrorists and “faithful muslems” around the world.

    Warlok11
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    Warlok11

    I have to call bullshot on that right there, every white person, up until Obama ran for president, voted almost exclusively for white racist from this countrie’s outset. The reason you don’t see it is because most whites don’t want a reality check on themselves, just on others, and by the way, ONAMA WOULD NEVER HAVE WON SO OVERWHELMINGLY ON JUST THE BLACK VOTE. SIMPLY STATED, YOU DON’T LIKE BLACKS DOING WHAT WHITES HAVE DONE FOR CENTURIES HUH ?

    RoyD
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    RoyD

    It must suck being you and hating to see what is looking back at you as you look into the mirror every morning. Buck up, buttercup, it isn’t going to change. However you don’t have to let your appearance rule your life. You too, can be somebody.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @RD, I concur, and it must also suck that he can get no other job than first rung propagandist. Let us starve him slowly. Let him spend his time here and gain nothing.
    How does one put full time Racist and part time Internet Troll on his resume?

    gsteele
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    gsteele

    That is one of the dumbest, most self-contradictory screeds I have ever had the pleasure of laughing at. Apart from your profuse typos, how do you propose that white people, who had “voted almost exclusively for white racists” suddenly did a 180 and voted for a black man? The idiocy of that statement is bewildering. You need medication.

    Huapakechi
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    Huapakechi

    How many times was the subject of civil rights for black citizens and the abolition of “jim crow” laws brought before the national legislature and voted down by democrats?
    https://www.loc.gov/exhibits/civil-rights-act/legal-events-timeline.html
    Includes Supreme Court cases and Executive Orders.