Noted statistician Nate Silver listened to Barack Obama’s incredibly politicized pre-fundraiser speech yesterday about the Emanuel AME Zion Church massacre in Charleston, and decided to crunch some numbers.
“We as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries,” President Obama said earlier today, in reaction to the killing of nine people at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina, on Wednesday. The details of the case, including the motivations of the suspect, Dylann Roof, are still unfolding. (We encourage you to read coverage broadly, including from our colleagues at ABC News.) But I wanted to add just a little bit of context to Obama’s remarks — how the U.S. compares to other countries overall, and how that comparison obscures a wide racial divide: Black Americans are far more likely to be homicide victims than white Americans.Please read all of Mr. Silver’s analysis to see how he reached his determination, but the end result is that he determined American blacks are eight times more likely to be murdered than American whites, and while they live in an “advanced country” by any measure, they have a homicide victim rate that you’d expect from a third world hellhole.
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