Murder far worse for blacks under Obama

Donald Trump’s pitch for black votes is that the condition of African-Americans is terrible, and after decades of being failed by Democratic policies they have nothing to lose by turning to him. Studies suggest that black people themselves do not share this view. But the latest FBI crime numbers, out last week, show that the Republican presidential nominee has a strong point about law and order. In more capable hands, the black community might find it appealing, even compelling. For decades, African-Americans have been vastly more likely than others to be the victims of crime. One indication of this is in the FBI’s uniform crime reports, which reveal the race of almost every murder victim every year. With the latest figures, it is clear that the disproportionate victimization of blacks has recently become sharply worse. It stands at its highest point for at least the last 20 years, having deteriorated dramatically over the last eight years. As the graphic above this editorial shows, the gap between black and white has been getting worse and worse ever since President Obama was sworn into office in 2009.

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