The United States is more ethically and racially diverse than most other industrialized nations, and large differences in violent crime rates exist among racial and ethnic groups within American Society. In particular, blacks are overrepresented among both the victims and offenders in incidents of criminal violence. For example, blacks constitute about 13% of the U.S. population but accounted for the 12,844 homicide victims in 2010 with known race. The homicide victimization rate among black Americans is more than 6x that among white Americans; it is the leading cause of death among young black males. Homicides contributed to about 50% of all the deaths in 2007 among black males 20-24 years old. The proportion of deaths from homicide among white men of the same age was 5%.
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- African Americans now constitute nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million incarcerated population.
- African Americans are incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of whites.
- Together, African American and Hispanics comprised 58% of all prisoners in 2008, even though African Americans and Hispanics make up approximately one quarter of the US population.