Lately, most recently in this Demos post, there have been a few attempts to debunk the notion of “black-on-black crime.”
Interestingly, though, none of these arguments actually deny that there’s a lot more black-on-black crime than we would expect purely by chance. Using the same report I consulted earlier this month in analyzing justifiable-homicide rates (based on the Justice Department’s crime-victimization survey), we can get a rough estimate* of the odds someone of a given race will be victimized by an attacker of a given race over the course of a year (race of victim first, offender second):
Black/black: 22 in 1,000
Black/white: 3 in 1,000
White/black: 3 in 1,000
White/white: 16 in 1,000
So, a randomly selected black person is about 38 percent more likely to face victimization from another black person than a random white person is to face victimization from another white person. The homicide statistics are even more lopsided: In 2011 the FBI recorded 2,447 black-on-black homicides and 2,630 white-on-white homicides, similar numbers even though whites constitute a dramatically larger proportion of the population.