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Black advocates claim that whites' prejudice causes them to irrationally fear black youth, and as a result, black youth are unfairly criminally profiled. Thus, a disproportionate number of blacks end up in prison.
Law-and-order types claim that more blacks are arrested because blacks commit a disproportionate amount of crime.
Is there a numbers-based way to resolve this dispute?
We can't just look at convictions, because, if the system is racist, we would expect more black convictions.
Maybe we could look at the reported race of the perpetrator of a crime? That still leaves open the possibility that the people reporting criminal behavior are racists or, for some other reason, disproportionately report black criminal activity.