Another Bogus Academic Study Creates Bogus Headlines

Colin Flaherty, American Thinker, February 2, 2015


This latest headline from the Washington Post tells a shocking story: “Black teens who commit a few crimes go to jail as often as white teens who commit dozens.”

Or it would be shocking if it were true. But it is not.

This headline, of course, flies in the face of numbers that show violent crime for black people is astronomically out of proportion: 5, 10, 50 times greater than crime rates for white people. Throw Asians into the mix, and you can multiply that by 10 times more.

Turns out, they are also in on The Big Fix: “Although there were negligible differences among the racial groups in how frequently boys committed crimes, white boys were less likely to spend time in a facility than black and Hispanic boys who said they’d committed crimes just as frequently, as shown in the chart above,” quoth the Post.

“Negligible differences among the racial groups?” What? Where did that come from?

That gem of disbelief is contained in a study from Tia Stevens Andersen of the University of South Carolina and Michigan State University’s Merry Morash.

And where did they get it? “Surveyors (from the Department of Labor) asked youth whether they had stolen, destroyed property, attacked someone or sold drugs in the last year.”

In for a dime, in for a dollar: In another study quoted in the Post, “An annual survey conducted by the National Institutes of Health continues to find lower rates of drug use among blacks than whites, with rates for Hispanics in the middle.”

Both studies rely on self-reporting, which itself is the subject of a lot of research. And a lot of scientists have found that asking people whether they broke the law is notoriously unreliable. Especially for one racial group: African Americans.

Yes, they say that.

Some doctors at Johns Hopkins University found out what happens when you test the reliability of self-reporting of marijuana and other drug use among black people.

A study of 290 African American men in Baltimore, Maryland undergoing treatment for hypertension showed that self-reporting of illicit drug use is unreliable. Only 48 of the participants reported drug use but urine drug tests revealed that 131 had used drugs.

With self-reporting, drug use among black people was 16 percent.

With testing, 45 percent.

Ooops–there’s more. Different study, different journal.

According to the medical journal Addictive Behaviors, “underreporting of cocaine was documented with urine testing validation as well where African Americans in comparison to Caucasians who were urine positive were about 6 times less likely to report cocaine use when other factors are controlled for.”

Translation: When you ask, white people and black people report using cocaine in about the same amount. But when you test, black people are six times more likely to use cocaine. And lie about it.

More from the same journal for you science junkies:

The present study also identified predictors of discrepancies between self-report and hair testing. Race was the most salient predictor of cocaine disagreement.

Even when other factors were controlled for, the self-report and hair test results for African Americans were more discrepant than for non-African Americans, a finding consistent with past studies (Fendrich, et al., 1999; Feucht, Stephens, & Walker, 1994).

In a large study of youth (9−20), underreporting of cocaine was documented with urine testing validation as well (Fendrich & Yanchun, 1994) where African Americans in comparison to Caucasians who were urine positive were about 6 times less likely to report cocaine use when other factors are controlled for.

Our study extends this finding to a middle-aged sample of male African American Vietnam veterans and non-veteran community controls.


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  • TruthBeTold

    Who in their right mind is going to admit to criminal activity to a stranger?

    These kinds of survey are highly questionable as are estimates. Feminists use rape ‘estimates’ to dramatically raise the number of actual reported rapes.

    • TomIron361

      Blacks lie when asked if they take drugs.
      Everyone knows blacks lie about anything and everything. You could ask them what day it is and they’d lie about for no good reason.

      • Blacks cannot tell the unvarnished truth.

        • Bon, From the Land of Babble

          Blacks cannot discern a lie from the truth, to them, both are the same thing.

      • pcmustgo


      • Maximo Partagas

        Negroes lie. Nothing more needs to stated.

      • APaige

        Yes. That is the ‘evidence’ the media uses for saying drug use is about the same or more for Whites, but arrest for drugs ‘happens’ more often for Blacks.
        I just believe Whites (non-liberals) tell the truth more often.

    • “Who in their right mind is going to admit criminal activity to a stranger?”

      Who in their right mind would record their criminal activity then upload it to an internet video hosting sharing website for the whole world to see?

      Oh yeah.

    • Sick of it

      Rapes by non-whites are getting out of hand today (and many go unreported). The total number of rapes may have decreased, but certain ethnic groups, such as blacks, are raping women at an astonishing rate compared to their percentage of the population. Scandinavians are experiencing this wonderful product of diversity right now, courtesy of their governments.

  • Technically, Jenkum is not a drug.

    • Sloppo

      I looked it up. Now THAT’s nasty.

  • The moral of the story? Africanus Bellcurvius has a strained relationship with the truth.

    As for this drug thing, some (supposedly) credible research has shown that while black and white drug usage rates for a given young age range is the same if the question is over a long term, the black disparity over white gets bigger as you narrow down the time frame. IOW, black and white young men are just as likely to smoke weed if the question is: Have you smoked weed at least once in the last year? But if you narrow it down to “at least once in the last week,” blacks are way more likely than whites.

    • propagandaoftruth

      Truthificayshun be racist. I learned that in skool.

  • IstvanIN

    Because all black males are “goot boys who was turnin dey lifes around and bein a goot fatha to DaShawn”.

  • bubo

    The assertion from the lying left is that white neighborhoods are every bit as lawless and violent as black ones. This is, of course, absurdity taken to it’s highest level. It’s a lie so easily disproven that it makes you wonder just who are they trying to convince.

  • dd121

    What they might be missing is that crimes by blacks tend to be more violent and sadistic. I think that’s why they are more likely to get the death penatly for their murders.

    • IstvanIN

      Blacks are more often sentenced to death. White males are more likely to get the needle.

  • BloodofAlbion75

    The malicious (and discredited) assertions made in the WAPO hit piece cited by Mr.Flaherty that blacks are being intentionally singled out for punishment by a biased criminal justice system is the sort of deceitful,anti-cop propaganda that a notorious race panderer like Sen.Rand Paul (or one of his libertarian groupies) would try to peddle to the public;indeed,Paul may very well have been the WAPO’s dubious “source” for their bogus “statistics.

  • Dave West

    Think even this will persuade libtards? Not a chance.

    They’ll just say blacks do more drugs to deal with the pain of living in a “white supremacist” society.

    • shawnmer

      Is it not astounding how seamlessly they fall back to that altogether different argument?

      I’m so physically sick of the exact same predictable pattern arguing with an egalitarian.

      1. No, blacks don’t commit crime at higher rates, that’s a “racist” myth.

      You then bury with links to official crime stats, and overcome a all manner of risible objections. Then …

      2. Well, yes. But of course they MUST commit all that crime because … “racism! ”

      Can I get an original argument just once?

      • Nancy

        The next original argument to come from the Left will be the first one.

      • LHathaway

        I’ve actually heard it spun that ‘white use drugs more than blacks’ because blacks can’t afford drugs . . . Just another lie ‘for a good cause’?

  • JohnEngelman

    This headline, of course, flies in the face of numbers that show violent crime for black people is astronomically out of proportion: 5, 10, 50 times greater than crime rates for white people.

    – Colin Flaherty, American Thinker, February 2, 2015

    According to The Color of Crime, blacks have a rate of violent crime eight times the white rate. That is bad enough, but exaggerating the rate of black crime only makes one’s arguments easier to refute.

    • Eagle_Eyed

      It depends what crime you’re talking about. Armed robbery is relatively more of a black crime than say, insider trading.

      • Tarczan

        The pool of blacks able to insider trade is very small.

        • George

          Yes, and that’s why fewer insider trading crimes are committed by blacks. Not that they may not wish to commit these acts, but they don’t have the opportunity.
          Blacks are still disproportionately likely to commit all forms of ‘white collar’ crime in general, though. The secretary at the church, the treasurer/comptroller at the community centre, the bookkeeper at the store, etc. all have an opportunity to embezzle — and blacks in these roles are more likely to do exactly that.

  • pcmustgo

    Blacks definitely have a little ly-ie, lying problem going on. They are probably also distrustful and dumb and think answering honestly will get them in trouble somehow. They also lie to census workers or don’t fill out census forms at all. Whites answer earnestly. Maybe this is what’s going on
    Maybe they don’t want to be seen as “stereotypical blacks” either, so lie to make the race look better to white questioners because it embarasses the race.

    “Both studies rely on self-reporting, which itself is the subject of a lot of research.”

    I also think mentally ill Blacks are less likely to take meds or admit they have a problem because mental illness/psychiatry is “a white thing”. Hence all those poor, schizophrenic shufflling, deranged Black males in the NYC subway station.

  • pcmustgo

    Hence why Blacks lie about faux hate crimes.

  • pcmustgo

    I’ve also caught some Latino and half Latino “friends” in the most obvious of obvious lies, lies so dumb and so ridiculous you’d think they wouldn’t be dumb enough to say them.

  • Maximo Partagas

    Just remember this, about half of the negroes in The US qualify as sociopaths, lying is natural.

    • Charles Martel

      I’ve never heard that before. Can you please cite the source of your assertion?

      • Maximo Partagas

        In 2000 the late well known University of Minnesota psychologist, David T. Lykken wrote a paper titled “THE CAUSES AND COSTS OF CRIME AND A CONTROVERSIAL CURE. ”

        • Charles Martel


  • shawnmer

    How on earth has this lie gotten as far as it has in official circles? How could anyone have thought it was true? It defies both common sense and the official line from social scientists, that drug use is driven significantly by poverty and “culture.” Blacks, like previous groups of ethnic minorities in American history are disproportionately poor and subject to all manner of cultural pathologies, of which drug abuse is one. Egalitarians themselves don’t dispute this, they rely on it! Yet we’re to believe, miraculously, that they are such paragons of character that this is the one vice they forego!

  • Sick of it

    Colin’s not telling Southerners anything new about blacks. They will often lie for no reason at all about something which would not even cause them to be arrested. Blacks are born liars.

    • MBlanc46

      Possibly because their grasp on reality is not as strong as that of whites? Perhaps the true-false binary just isn’t as clear cut to them?

  • LHathaway

    Excellent expose by Colin Flaherty. Unfortunately, Colin could write these 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Virtually every article appearing in the mainstream media needs a second article following to debunk it. And we wonder why Everyone’s beliefs are so backwards . . .

  • LHathaway

    “Blacks lie when asked if they take drugs”.

    AND when they are asked if . . .


    You have to give Colin Flaherty credit. The man has the tenacity of a pit bull on a pork chop.