In Canada, Blacks Are 4.5 Times As Likely As Nonblacks To Be Homicide Victims
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From the Toronto Star:

‘A pandemic of grief’: StatCan’s first-ever data on Black victims of homicide prompts calls for targeted trauma services

By Nadine Yousif Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Mon., Nov. 16, 2020 timer5 min. read

For the first time ever, Statistics Canada has released race-based homicide data that reveals a stark representation of Black Canadians among homicide victims in 2019, prompting calls for targeted mental health programming for members of the Black community.

StatCan’s 2019 homicide data, released on Oct. 29, shows one-third of homicide victims were visible minorities — 44 per cent of whom were identified as Black, yet Black people account for only 3.4 per cent of the Canadian population. This means Black people are 4.3 times more likely to be victims of homicide in Canada.

Actually … the way to calculate this is not versus the total population but versus the nonblack population: I come up with Canadian blacks being 4.5 times as likely to be homicide victims per capita as Canadian nonblacks.

That’s not really that bad, because according to the CDC, in 2019 American blacks were 7.3 times as likely to be homicide victims as American nonblacks.

According to the FBI, U.S. blacks were 8.2 times as likely as U.S. nonblacks in 2019 to be known homicide offenders.

So, if the same proportion of interracial crimes hold as in the U.S., Canadian blacks are probably somewhere about 5 times as likely to be known homicide offenders, which appears to be somewhat better than blacks in the US and possibly in the UK.

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