A debate over ‘spanic crime has paleoconservative “intellectuals” Ron Unz and Jason Richwine desperately trying to out tard each other.
Unz, whose spurious claim that Hispanics have a lower crime rate than whites stirred off the debate, relies on faulty data and a few mistruths (eg. pairwise comparisons of cities with significant Hispanic populations to cities with larger black populations). Richwine (and other bloggers at Alternative Right) uses data showing that U.S.-born Hispanics have higher incarceration rates than immigrant Hispanics* as evidence of an impending Hispanic crime wave and Hispanic acculturation to inner-city black norms. While it should be clear to anybody making blog posts about crime and immigration that when immigrant Hispanics face charges of drug trafficking, simple assault, robbery, they can expect to be deported. U.S.-born Hispanics facing similar charges can expect to spend a few years in jail. Richwine demagogically chooses to either ignore this point or is simply incapable of comprehending it on his own.
Unz’s data and conclusions are probably wrong but his discussion of the relatively low violent crime rates of nearly entirely-Hispanic cities is an interesting one. El Paso appears to have the 2nd lowest murder rate (2.8 per 100k) of any city with a population greater 500,000. El Paso is not an aberration. Other overwhelmingly (90+%) Hispanic cities along the Rio Grande have similar low numbers:
McAllen at 2.91 per 100k.
Brownsville at 2.26 per 100k.
While these cities are relatively safe compared to the black-influenced US national average (5.6 per 100k), they are relatively violent compared to the average white American murder rate of ~2 per 100k (according to Jared Taylor**). Reliable age- and poverty- adjusted numbers would be interesting to analyze. These cities have very high poverty rates and the average Hispanic Texan is around 26 years old.
I’ll have more on why majority Hispanic cities in the United States are much less violent than Mexican cities along the border and why the Hispanics in these cities seem relatively well-behaved compared to their co-ethnics in more diverse cities. Hint: Bowling.
*Studies have shown that U.S.-born Mexicans have worse health outcomes than their Foreign-born parents. The effects of the environment on crime would fit well with the general theme of this blog and I will get to get to some studies on that later (re: blacks and lead). But as I pointed out, Richwine is full of shit.
**Jared Taylor describes himself as a ‘white nationalist’ and it’s worth keeping in mind that nationwide Hispanic stats are skewed by the very criminally-inclined Dominicans and Puerto Ricans in the Northeast. That said, I’d trust his data more than I’d trust Richwine or Unz. Q: Are NY Puerto Ricans more violent than NY Blacks?