fairisfair 
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Re: “Halifax's hidden racism

I have to agree with ajdube and add to his/her comment. "Jimmyjo" comments that it is "FACT" that more blacks 'commit crimes' etc etc, but aside from the historical socio-economic reasons that ajdube outlines, Jimmyjo also fails to recognize the institutionalized racism in which blacks or other visible minorities who are seen as being 'too ever-present' in a community are disproportionately targeted. Evidence of this can be found in almost all Anglo-Saxon settlements from here right around the world. Australia vs. Turks, Aboriginals and East Asians. England vs. Blacks and East Asians. It once was U.S. vs. Blacks, now it's Mexicans and Middle Easterners.

Since you want to play the stats game, how about this one.

More African-Americans have been arrested and charged in the U.S. for minor marijuana charges, than any other race in the U.S. even though whites use the drug in higher numbers (this statistic has recently been shifting towards Latin Americans).
"And 83 percent of those charged in these cases were black or Latino, according to the study. Blacks accounted for 52 percent of the arrests, twice their share of the city’s population. Whites, who are about 35 percent of the population, were only 15 percent of those charged — even though federal surveys show that whites are more likely than blacks or Latinos to use pot." - New York Times, "On Arrests, Demographics, and Marijuana" - April 30, 2008, Jim Dwyer

Or how about the disparity in jail time between cocaine drug and crack cocaine? Both basically the same drug, but used by different people. So, for you to brashly state "FACTS" about a subject you clearly know nothing about makes you come across looking pretty ignorant. (Thereby, not helping your overall argument).

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Posted by fairisfair on 12/28/2010 at 5:10 AM

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