The association between violent crime and black males is undeniable. But are all young black males thugs?
No, it would be neither fair nor accurate to accuse all young black males of thuggish violence. But violent crime by young black males is astoundingly common wherever blacks make up a significant part of a population.
This violent home invasion video is not for the faint of heart, but it gives one a better sense of the problem than any number of words could do.
The death of Michael Brown near St. Louis was played up by the media as “the second coming of Trayvon.” But just like Trayvon, Michael Brown turned out to be but another wannabe thug. There is no shortage of these hapless “little angels,” so expect more episodes of “thugs-turned-media-saints” in the not too distant future.
Is there a genetic reason why so many black males turn violent early in life? Perhaps. The monoamine oxidase A gene (MAOA) is responsible for breaking down monoamine neurotransmitters such as Dopamine and Serotonin. Low activity MAOA is associated with higher rates of violence. And black male populations have more members who possess low activity (high violence) variants of MAOA.
The extreme case of low activity MAOA enzyme is found in Brunner Syndrome, a very rare familial disorder identified in Holland. Sufferers of Brunner Syndrome exhibit low intelligence and high rates of impulsive and violent behaviour — such as is often seen among many young black males. Brunner Syndrome shines a strong light on the MAOA enzyme :: violence association — and the apparent “dose response” association involved in the likely gene :: behaviour linkage.
The table below compares the per cent frequencies of the different MAOA variants. The low activity MAOA enzyme “2R” variant on the left is most closely identified with high rates of serious violence.
MAOA Allele Frequencies
Source: Unsilenced Science
Here is a summary of research studies looking at the activity levels of MAOA variants and antisocial behaviours:
Combining the table above with the graphic summary of research studies, one is left with the strong impression that blacks exhibit higher levels of antisocial behaviours (violence) in part because of different gene expression. Remember: many dozens of different genes are likely to play a part in predisposition to violence. We are lucky that we found the MAOA promoter variable number tandem repeat association so early in the game. We still have many more “violence associated gene alleles” to discover.
More: Genetics of Violence
But to answer the question: “Are all black males violent thugs?” we have to say no. And yet, if one looks inside North American prisons, one finds a vast over-representation of black males.
If one looks at the correlation between the numbers of blacks in a community and its violent crime rates, the correlation is quite high.
Race and Crime in America
Looking at the numbers overall (correlation vs. incarceration), it is quite possible that many black violent offenders are escaping punishment. If young males literally get away with murder and other violent behaviours, we should expect for most of them to continue offending until they are eventually put away.
This image shows the global murder rate by nation, suggesting an association between regions — such as Africa and Central America — and homicide.
How much violence by young black males can be attributed to genes, and how much to the black culture of anger, grievance, and hostility? Because we are still so early in the study of human genetics, it will be many years before we can voice strong opinions on that topic. Whatever the case, as the population of Sub Saharan Africa explodes, so does the number of young black males with genes that predispose to violence.
It is crucial that as many people as possible are made aware of this ominous and rapidly expanding scientific/cultural association beteen genes and violence in an honest and open manner. The present climate of politically correct denialism cannot be allowed to stand. That means that the persons and organisations most responsible for supporting politically correct denialism must be made to pay for their part of perpetuating the false narrative, which helps to perpetuate black crime.
It is easier to close one’s eyes, go along with the crowd, and be rewarded with what is seen by most members of the herd as “responsible citizenship.” But going along to get along just makes the problem worse.