Someone stopped by searching for “culture influence crime rate.”
Culture has quite a bit of influence on crime rates, although economics dwarf the influence of culture. consider the case of our own “back yard,” the samwps the New Deal made of several of our major cities. First, some numbers.
Demographically, five out of eight Americans, 63 percent is well within the margin of error, are of European descent, Palefaces. Two in eight are “other minorities,” and one in eight or 12.5 percent are Black.
But when it comes to criminal victimization, the breakdown is approximately 60 percent Black, and 40 percent other. And, even worse, Most of the criminals who victimize the Black community are themselves Black.
And at this point, those wishing official data to back all that up, Wikipedia is good about keeping current with the Census latest population guesses, and the FBI Uniform Crime Report has many tables that prove my numbers are the best official numbers to be had.
Now, with the numbers set it is time for history….
According to the best scholarly work I have been able to find, the primary effect of FDR’s minimum wage market was to cause employers to selectively hire skilled workers. Less skilled workers, poor White and Black alike, found themselves outside the workplace gates, watching a guy with skills they lacked working.
It is no hyperbole to say actual starvation stalked the land. So Roosevelt set up relief stations where a poor woman and her children could get food, clothing, a voucher for housing, and a somewhat limited family health care. But since it was illegal for a woman to receive relief with “a man in the house to support her, and immoral to relief if one had a normal family, we wound up with cities full of “absent father families.”
And wat was a melange of African culture handed down from those that escaped the torture rack and a heavy addition of European culture suddenly, and probably deliberately, became a victim of the “Ik Syndrome,” after the Ik People who were forced to move from their historic home to a place with few resources.
And the good wife and mother, whose husband was pr proud to labor to support his family in 1929 became the skulking man who slept next to the fire escape so his children children would not lose their “relief” if the “welfare woman” found him there.
And at the same time, an “us against the world” culture set in. A Black woman thinking of tipping off the police to the young girls being trafficked two houses down became likely to remember the saying “Snithces found dead in ditches,” and suddenly become blind, deaf, and mute.
Freed from the fear of being reported, criminal activity in primarily Black neighborhoods soared. But only in the Black community.
As a young man told me “I can get away with anything I want to do in my neighborhood, but if I try something up in the Heights (White community) someone will call the police, or someone will come out with a deer rifle.”
So culture’s primary role in crime rates is to raise or lower the perceived risk in a life of crime. If the perceived risk is high, crime rates are low, and if the perception of risk is low, crime rates are high.
And “Culture” is often the determining factor in a young man considers turning to a life of crime.