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In the U.S., are murders committed by white people against black people more common than vice-versa?

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In every year from 1980 to 2018, roughly 11% of murders have been interracial. The rest involve people of the same races killing one another. Throughout this period, murders of white people by black people have been about two-to-three times more common than vice-versa. Yet, many media outlets, politicians, and activists have spread the opposing narrative by hyper-focusing on a few selected cases among roughly 16,000 murders per year. This is a common tactic of racists and demagogues, who demonize broad groups of people based on the actions of a few.

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