Introduction to stereotypes: a flyer
Feb 22nd, 2012 by Unamused
I made you a little flyer. The topic is stereotypes, especially as they pertain to crime. It seemed appropriate, in light of our recent appearance in the Seattle Stranger (and the shenanigans that inevitably ensued).
The flyer is available as a PDF file here, as a PNG file below (click for the full-size image), and as plain old text below that.
Introduction to Stereotypes
Everyone knows that men are more dangerous than women. They’re right, according to every National Crime Victimization Survey, ever.
The fact that some women are dangerous, and most men are not, does not change this statistical truth, also known as a stereotype. If you refuse to acknowledge it and act accordingly, you put yourself at risk.
Everyone knows that teenagers are more dangerous than toddlers. Or the elderly. They’re right, according to — seriously? You need a source? Fine: the NCVS again.
The fact that some old ladies are killers & arsonists, and most teens are all right, does not change this statistical truth, also known as a stereotype. If you pretend it isn’t true — not that anyone does — you put yourself at risk.
Everyone knows that blacks & Hispanics are more dangerous than whites & Asians. And they’re right about that too, according to the exact same NCVS data.
Every single year. It’s not even close. The crime rate gaps are staggering. And no, they don’t go away when you control for poverty and other non-racial factors.
For example, blacks are at least 13 times as likely as whites to be muggers, 8 times as likely to be murderers, 5 times as likely to be rapists, etc. [source].
The fact that some Swedes & Koreans are dangerous, and many Haitians are not, does not change this statistical truth, also known as a (terrible, awful, nasty, “racist”) stereotype.
If you ignore racial differences in violent crime rates, you put yourself at risk. And when it comes to buying a home or choosing a school for your kids, your put your family at risk. So please ask yourself which you would prefer: someone, somewhere, thinking you’re a “racist” (whatever that means), or you or someone you love getting assaulted, robbed, raped or murdered.
Thank you for reading. Best wishes from unamusementpark.com.