Are African-Americans Disproportionately Victimized by Police?
A thorough breakdown of relevant statistics and experimental evidence. After showing that the evidence simply does not support the thesis that African–Americans are disproportionately victimized in police encounters (through reference to both national statistics and the best social psychology studies which I show converge on the conclusion that black suspects actually in fact benefit from an all–else–equal tendency in their favor which white suspects do NOT benefit from), and briefly surveying a few case studies, I conclude: “The truth is that there is more, and not less, outrage when a black suspect is victimized…. In turn, this outrage leads to increased public awareness when a black suspect is victimized, and relative public ignorance when a white suspect is the victim. Disproportionate outrage towards the victimization of black suspects is fueled by the perception that black suspects are disproportionately victimized by police. The perception that black suspects are disproportionately victimized is created through nothing other than the very existence of that same disproportionate outrage.”