A former New York detective said on Monday that African-Americans are “prone to criminality,” and that activists should stop claiming that black people are being “picked on” by police.
On CNN’s morning talk show New Day, Harry Houck claimed that “racial demagogues” are wrong to suggest there are disparities between whites and African-Americans in jail. Houck then showed the panel a single sheet of paper with which he claimed were statistics “proving” black people are far more likely to commit violent crimes than whites.
“That’s why there are more blacks in jail than there are whites,” Houck insisted. “They turn it around — the racial demagogues out there — turn it around that the blacks are being picked on.”
Co-panelist Mark Lamont Hill then said that an investigation in Ferguson, Missouri found that there was “considerable evidence of racism” in the police department.
“It doesn’t matter!” Houck replied.
“Harry just went on national TV and said black people are prone to criminality!” Hill shot back.
“Well, they are!” Houck declared.
“You think black people are prone to criminality?” Hill asked, raising his voice. “You don’t mean to say that. I’m going to give you a chance to correct [yourself]. You don’t mean that black people are prone to criminality.”
“You’re interpreting something else into what I’m saying into your narrative!” Houck yelled back. “That’s what you do!”
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