Homicide rate surging for black Chicago

Don’t expect to see a lot of coverage of these stats, or protests about them. Unless they decide that somehow the police are to blame. Homicide rate surging for black Chicagoans, report finds – Chicago Tribune

While things got much worse for some.

The rate for blacks in Chicago jumped from 36.1 homicides per 100,000 residents in 2005 to 46.5 a decade later.

The situation got better or stayed about the same for others.

The study found that homicide rates for white people have decreased in the past decade, from 4.4 homicides per 100,000 in 2005 to 2.7 in 2015. For Latinos, the number went from 10.5 per 100,000 in 2005 to 11.3 last year.

Rates don’t tell the whole story, of course, and it would be nice if total populations by demographic were given. (Did the population change dramatically in that 10 years? That could say something about the change in the rate of homicide.

This being the media they have to blame guns. Though they do mention poverty and gangs in passing. And Rahm Emmanuel does admit that the city can’t fix this problem on its own.

And of course these statistics are from before The Ferguson Effect took hold in Chicago. So these numbers are probably worse, given what is happening in Chicago on the crime-front.