President Obama was asked to comment on the July 16 arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr., who, since 1991 has been employed by Harvard and currently teaches two courses on African and African-American Studies. [see police report]
The statement President Obama made regarding the Cambridge police acting stupidly offended many people. He went on to say “What I think we know separate and apart from this incident is that there is a long history in this country of African Americans and Latinos being stopped . . . disproportionately,” Obama said. “That’s just a fact.”
Here are some “disproportionate” facts:
According to the Census Bureau whites comprise 75.1% of the nations population while blacks comprise 12.3% (which means whites outnumber blacks six times over)
Black on white homicides far outweigh white on black homicides according to the most recent FBI reports:
Year Black on white White on black
2000 834 302
2001 854 286
2002 847 337
2003 896 360
2004 880 358
2005 934 337
Whites constitute a 6:1 ratio to blacks yet blacks commit almost three times the homicides against whites.
The homicide figures are definitely disproportionate.
You’re right Mr. President, we have a disproportionate issue at hand.
‘There is nothing more painful to me than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery, then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved.’ — Jesse Jackson