Watching television you would think that black ghettos in the big cities are the poorest and most dangerous parts of America. Well, it is not quite that simple.
In 2007 the four precincts in New York City with the worst rates of major crimes were these:
- East Harlem
- Midtown South (42nd to 34th Street)
- Lower East Side
Only Bed-Stuy is mainly black. East Harlem is Hispanic, Midtown South is white and the Lower East Side is Asian and Hispanic.
True, taken as a whole the black and Hispanic parts of the city have a higher crime rate than the white and Asian parts. But each part of the city is different. You cannot just go by race or even poverty or even the two together. For example:
- The middle of Harlem, which is mainly black, is safer than Midtown Manhattan, which is mainly white – and far richer.
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