This was submitted in response to “YHS Should Do More Than Apologize,” a Letter to the Editor written by Barbara Pose.

The address given to the graduating class of YHS was not a rant nor was it hostile. It is clear that the author of “YHS should do more than apologize” has a skewed vision of today’s climate. Let us look at the facts and numbers that come from the US Census Bureau, the 2018 FBI Uniform Crime Report (FBI UCR) and the Washington Post. The Washington Post is cited because of their ongoing statistics gathering.

The US Census

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  1. Percentage of the US population identified as White: 76.3 percent
  2. Percentage of the US population identified as Black: 13.4 percent

FBI UCR

  • Number of Murder victims: 14,123
  • Number of Murder victims identified as White: 6,088
  • Number of Murder victims identified as Black: 7,407
  • Number of Murder offenders identified as White: 4,884
  • Number of Murder offenders identified as Black: 6,318

Calculations

  • Murder victims as a percentage of the population: 0.0043 percent                 
  • White murder victims as a percentage of the population: 0.0019 percent
  • Black murder victims as a percentage of the population: 0.0023 percent
  • White murder victims as the percentage of the White population: 0.0019 percent
  • Black murder victims as a percentage of the Black population: 0.017 percent
  • White murder offenders as a percentage of the White population: 0.002 percent
  • Black murder offenders as a percentage of the Black population: 0.014 percent

Washington Post

  • Numbers of persons killed by police in the US with no determination as to justification: 404 
  • Percentage of persons killed by police in the US with no determination as to justification: 0.00012 percent

What does this mean over time? During the last year of the Dinkins administration there were approximately 2,200 homicides in the City of New York—the majority of the victims being minority. In the last year of the Bloomberg administration there were approximately 300 homicides in the City of New York—the majority of the victims being minority. The difference in numbers are quite significant. I think that we can safely state that the policing efforts in the City of New York have saved tens of thousands of lives, predominantly minority.