5x Risk

We’re repeatedly informed that blacks are at risk of being killed by police every year in the USA. And, in fact, 112 blacks are killed by police on an annual basis.

What we’re less often told is that 500 whites are killed by blacks every year. Which means that 4.5 times more white people are murdered by blacks than black people are killed by police.

Perhaps a White Lives Matter movement is needed.

However, one should keep in mind that since there are 5x more whites than blacks in the USA, since more black men are killed by police than black women, and since more white women are murdered by blacks than white men, and since young people are far more often killed than old people, the relative risk profiles vary dramatically depending upon sex, and perhaps even more importantly, age.

At the end of the day, despite all of the political tensions and the online heat, the USA is actually less violent today than it has been in the past. Of course, that doesn’t mean this isn’t the calm before the storm.