A complete anomaly.
Remembering the city of Chicago's demographics (33 percent black, 32 percent white, 29 percent Hispanic), take a quick peak at the breakdown of non-fatal gunshot victims by race.
Before you do, remember this one simple SBPDL truth: guns don't kill people, dangerous minorities do. [Chicago Gun Violence: Big Numbers, But a Surprisingly Small Network: There are lots of non-fatal gunshot victims in Chicago—and an astonishing number of them know each other. Sociologist Andrew Papachristos explains why that’s important., Chicago Magazine, April 15, 2014]
A little while back, I wrote something on the research of Andrew Papachristos, a Yale sociologist not long out of Chicago, on the small social networks of Chicago homicide. In short, how much of fatal violence in Chicago is contained within a comparatively small group of people, who are themselves linked by crime.
It was a fascinating paper, but it had its limitations. Chicago has high raw numbers of homicides and a relatively high homicide rate. But statistically speaking, homicides are a small sample of violence in the city, and in some respects a random one.
Recently, Papachristos followed up with a new investigation, and a much larger new data set: non-fatal gunshot injuries in the city.
The data in the new paper is equally fascinating, and on one level, as you might expect, quite troubling. To begin with, the dramatic disparities the rates of nonfatal gunshot injury: overall it’s 46.5 per 100,000 for the city as a whole from 2006-2012.
It’s 1.62 per 100,000 for whites; 28.72 for Hispanics, and 112.83 for blacks.
For all males, it’s 44.68 per 100,000; 239.77 for black males, and for black males from 18-34 it’s 599.65. As Papachristos and co-authors Christopher Wildeman and Elizabeth Roberto point out, that’s a staggering one in 200."Guns don't kill/maim people, dangerous minorities do."
This article in Chicago Magazine would have believe there's something troubling with the fact white people aren't victims of non-fatal shootings at a rate anywhere near that of non-whites, particularly black people.
What's truly troubling is just how dangerous 18-34 black males are in the city of Chicago.
Well, in all of America.
Statistics don't lie.
Numbers help breakdown harsh realities of the world in a cool, strategic manner.
To the writers of Chicago Magazine, the troubling fact is white people aren't being targeted with bullets in a cool, strategic manner as non-whites are in the Windy City.
Statistically speaking, white people being a victim of gun crime is a true anomaly.
And that is troubling to our white liberal friends in the media.