Obama and color — by the numbers

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

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