Tennessee: The Color of Crime


The long anticipated “Tennessee: The Color of Crime” is finally here.

I had some assistance this time from an OD reader in the Volunteer State. We are going to take a look at statewide crime statistics before taking a closer look at crime in Nashville, Memphis, and Knoxville.

Racial Breakdown

As you can see, Tennessee is unlike any of the other states and cities that we investigated so far.

White people are a greater share of the population in Tennessee than in Arizona, California, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia.

Whites are 75.6 percent of the population. African-Americans are 16.7 percent.

Source: U.S. Census 2010

Racial Breakdown: Tennessee Poverty

In 2009, 17 percent of Whites, 34 percent of African-Americans, 34 percent of Hispanics, and 33 percent of “Other” are listed as falling below the poverty line.

Immediately, we can see that African-Americans and Hispanics are more likely to be poor than Whites, but this doesn’t explain Tennessee crime statistics.

Remember, Whites are 75.6 percent of the Tennessee population, African-Americans are 16.7 percent, and Hispanics are 4.6 percent. This means the total number of poor Whites is much higher than the combined total of poor African-Americans and Hispanics.

There are 821,500 poor Whites, 345,700 poor African-Americans, 94,100 poor Hispanics, and 51,100 poor people of “other races” in Tennessee out of 1,312,400 poor people in the Volunteer State.

Remember, African-Americans are 16.7 percent of the Tennessee population, and 26.3 percent of poor people in the Volunteer State.

Source: State Health Facts: Tennessee

The Hispanic Effect

Unfortunately, Tennessee is a Southern state that counts Hispanics as White in crime statistics. Thus, we are unable to see the Hispanic effect on violent crime in the same way that we can in California and Arizona.

Please keep this in mind.

Hispanics are 4.6 percent of the Tennessee population, but their effect on violent crime is invisible here, except for artificially inflating the White share of crime.


Do you see anything unusual here?

African-Americans are 16.7 percent of the Tennessee population and 26.3 percent of poor people in Tennessee, but are responsible for 56.6 percent of the homicide.


African-Americans are 16.7 percent of the Tennessee population and 26.3 percent of poor people in Tennessee, but are responsible for 40.4 percent of the rape.


African-Americans are 16.7 percent of the Tennessee population and 26.3 percent of poor people in Tennessee, but are responsible for 64.4 percent of the robbery.

Robbery is always black.

African-Americans like robbery more than any other type of crime. Correspondingly, DUIs are always White. African-Americans like to rob people. White people prefer to drink and drive.

Aggravated Assault

African-Americans are 16.7 percent of the Tennessee population and 26.3 percent of poor people in Tennessee, but are responsible for 41.3 percent of the aggravated assault.

This is one of those times when I really wish Hispanics were not being counted as White here. We know from other states like California and Arizona that Hispanics are really into aggravated assault.

As you can see, black people like aggravated assault too.


African-Americans are 16.7 percent of the Tennessee population and 26.3 percent of poor people in Tennessee, but are responsible for 38.8 percent of the burglary.

Black people are into burglary as much as robbery. If I was forced speculate, I would say this probably has something to do with the spread of home security systems.


In Tennessee, as in every other state and city we have investigated, we have learned that African-Americans are overrepresented in violent crime, and that White people are underrepresented.

If violent crime was a reflection of poverty, then 62.2 percent of violent crime in Tennessee would be White, and 26.3 percent would be African-American. Sorry, not happening.

Unsurprisingly, it is not what we see here. The biological factors – race, sex, age, and intelligence – are far more explanatory than economic factors.

If there is any environmental factor that has a definite impact on violent crime, it is the season of the year, as violent crime rises in the summer and tapers off in the winter, as sure as night follows day.

Occidental Dissent is reporting that DWLs are liars. They claim there is no connection between race and crime. Sorry again DWLs, this is flatly untrue.

Not only is there a strong connection between race and crime, there is also a connection between crime and sex, crime and age, crime and appearance, crime and season of the year, and crime and education and intelligence.

What is the surest cure to violent crime? It is racial segregation and aging. As men grow older, they are less likely to become criminals, no matter what their socioeconomic status.

Source: Crime in Tennessee, 2010

This is the race, culture, and appearance of violent crime in Tennessee. I’ve even included a DWL visual and auditory exposition of the “hate truth” contained in this article:

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  1. Zowie. Dynamite stuff! Well done, Hunter, and Geust Researcher! We need to HAMMER this, and if we get any blowback, form DWL’S , or in my case DCL’a (Disingenous Christian Liberals) we need to attack their stance.

    My arguments always involve “Blacks have had almost 60 years of PREFERENTIAL – not EQUAL – PREFERENTIAL treatment in education, and jobs. And they STILL behave this way. WHY?”.

    And “You love truth, right? You are a Christian are you not? (In law, always ask questions that will get the answers you want). Than WHY are you making EXCUSES for horrible behavior? WHY? Would Jesus make EXCUSES?”.

  2. What I see are grown men in their twenties, thirties, even forties, refusing to grow up and take on the responsibilities of manhood. They dress and act like kindergartners, preschoolers. I see these same kind of people when I go to the mall or when I am going about my business. They are non productive and antisocial, a blight on civilization. I see grown men with their pants down around their butts with their underwear showing, wearing kid sneakers, and gold chains swinging from their necks. At what point do these people grow up?

  3. Thanks for this article. I would love to share this information with my brother, who lives in Nashville, but I am not sure how to do it gently. He plans to move to Chicago in the fall and I am afraid that he will be traumatized by the culture shock. Maybe that’s a good thing, or maybe not. He was beaten up by a group of thugs he’d never even talked to in middle school over a decade ago–because he is white. He’s never gotten over it, but can’t put a reason as to why. I think if he just accepted that that group of people cannot help but act like animals he would get over it quicker, but maybe that is wishful thinking.

  4. Edwood – it sounds like you are dealing with the very issue that drives me “bonkers” on an almost daily basis – Whites who REFUSE to deal with Race, as causation. Try to fram these issue in a moral stance, with your brother. I’m normally as subtle as a flying brick; it’s my nature. Higher morality appeals to Whites. I try to frame things in issues about morality.

    Sometimes you cannot be gentle. Racial reality is NOT gentle.

  5. @Denise:

    I can’t see how facts and figures are anything but gentle.

    We have to be careful how we interpret these.

    My interpretation: diversity doesn’t work.

    Just as history informed us it would not. Big surprise.

    I really enjoy these systematic breakdowns of the statistics from these states. If nothing else, it’s an insight into the difference in places in America.

  6. Drudge is all over the collapsing infrastructure and the need to raise taxes to pay for the pensions of state and federal employees:


    The Long-term debt outlook (much of it required to keep aloft Black-Run America) looks incredibly bleak:


    It’s all coming apart. It’s the duty of Those Who Can See to continue hammering the points again and again of reasons why this collapse is taking place: so that we can feed/clothe/house/educate (on our tax dollars) a population that disproportionately terrorizes law abiding citizens.

    It’s that simple folks.

    We could have been on Mars, but our elected officials – with the complicity of the electorate – decided funding Black-Run America was more important.

  7. Hunter, next time you want to do a study on “negro” crime remember this:
    “It makes no sense to be negro if you can’t act like one”! This will free up your time to do big and better studies such as, “Why white politicians feel the need to sellout their own kind”…… Great work though…. Keep it up!

  8. First of all, don’t let the name fool you. It’s a mix of my maiden/married names. I am a gal.

    Unfortunately, we were all raised with a “we’re all God’s kids” mentality. Even though they knew we were in a middle school with rampant crime and urban thugs, they didn’t sufficiently warn or protect us from them. Two of my sisters and my brother have pinpointed that time as the most traumatic of their growing-up years. I can still remember the trauma of realizing that a whole group of people hated me and wanted to hurt me because I was white.

    I was relatively sheltered within the school because I was in all “honors” classes, but there was still the restroom, cafeteria, gym, the bus, and outside the school. One vice-principal was stabbed during one of the DAILY fights. I was “goosed”, “keyed” (that’s where someone holds their keys out to scratch you in the hall), pushed, tripped, stolen from, and taunted. I was slapped, teased, and tormented daily by two “middle-class” popular blacks from 6th grade through 9th grade. My mother told me that I must have done something that offended them and to apologize.

    I used to be very shy and quiet in school. No one would stand up to the girls because, besides being track stars, they were the daughters of a former Dallas Cowboy football player. Despite being “middle class”, they quickly joined in with the rest of the urban thugs in the school, joining in the fights, the sex in the locker room, etc. I just couldn’t understand it, it was all about poverty, wasn’t it? I lost track of the number of blacks that told me to “get a tan, you too white”. I mostly nodded and smiled because I couldn’t understand ebonics but didn’t want to get killed for saying “what?” again.

    My brother, aside from being a liberal, is a very sensative, tender soul. He believes the best of people. I think I will just tell him that I love him and want to keep him safe. I think it is a mistake to move to Chicago from Nashville, especially since he is fresh out of college and still poor.

  9. Brett – my interpetation. I don’t have to “be careful” about how interpret anything. I jump RIGHT donw the throat of sub-moronic, delusional Whites these days, who push that “we are all God’s children” BS. I ask them to PROVE it. I ALWAYS offer to take these morons top nearby dystopia towns, to partay with the bruthas and sisatahs. They NEVER take me up on the offer. I ask them why not? I now live in a semi-rural White area, where the social engineers are paying the Darkies to move to. The Whites I know, that fled the Big Cities, why they fled to Small White Townia…they always come up with all kinds of reasons – and I promptly inform them that they may actually beleive the BULLSHEEYIT they are pushing – but drop it – with me. I then tell themn that they HAVE to admit they left because of the Niggers – and the look intheir faces is very interesting. They flinch, at that word – but they KNOW I’m calling ’em out. They cannot run or hide. I ask them, if they are Christians, if they think their lies are Godly? And go from there. Mainly I tell them that they cannot lie for much longer – and that they are personally responsible for what’s coming – they cannot avoid reality much longer – casue reality is coming TO THEM – and how DARE they do this to ME – and far worse – hoe DARE they do this to their children. How DARE they?

    I make them personally accountable. I blame them, to thier faces. Several folks are not speaking to me now. But this has happened before. I’ve planted seeds in brains, before. The seeds outgrow their ability to deny the seeds exist. They tryto squelch the seeds – but Reality waters and feeds those seeds every single day. I’ve had people who dropped me, when I harsh on ’em – come BACK.

    They always do. The Liberally Libs can barely choke it out – but I tell them, “You have to say it. The ones that aren’t speaking to me now will utter the Taboo word within a year.

    Edwood – I knew a young Lefty, who worked to “save inner-citty Youfs”. He got beaten to a pulp 6 times – SIX TIMES – before he “got it”. He’s a mess. He cannot handle his life. I pray your brother will be spared. But we cannot save every-one.

  10. “African-Americans like robbery more than any other type of crime. Correspondingly, DUIs are always White. African-Americans like to rob people. White people prefer to drink and drive.”

    If you took neighborhoods that were 95% of a single ethnicity and had accurate crime stats for the neighborhood over a year, experienced cops from places that had the whole set of ethnicities e.g. New York, would be able to guess what the ethnicity was out of : black, white, hispanic, n/asian, everybody else (muslim) and everybody else (non-muslim) from the yearly crime stats for each neighborhood.

  11. Thank God I found this article and the “interesting” comments. For a quick moment I was thinking about retirng to Tennessee but if this is an indication of the ignorant mentality of the people there…I am so glad that I found out prior to wasting my hard-earned money and time researching further. Please Tennessee , leave the United States and form your own ignortant nation of fools

  12. Obviously this doesn’t break down the white/Hispanic distinctions concerning specific crimes but these stats do give some indication as to the percentage of over all crime is white and what is Hispanic.

    From the 2005 Prison and Jail Incarceration Rates per 100,000 in Tenn.
    Whites 487
    Blacks 2006
    Hispanics 561

    This source is from presumably DWL so if anything the stats are skewed against whites. The source is from table 2 on page 8 of the document or page 6 as they have numbered it.


  13. @smart

    Good. You should be frightened. And I’m quite sure that Hell hasn’t got anything on Detroit, so if that’s where I’m going, then all the better.

  14. I understand you had a traumatic experience with some African American people but it is wrong to assume that a couple children reflect an entire POPULATION of people. Black and Latinos do not love crime. Some of the worst crime stories were committed by whites. Hitler,Charles Manson,Aileen Wuornos, the columbine shootings, Kennedy assassination and many more. What your “research” is based off of is a stereotype of the African Americans and Latinos, the stereotype that they are all gangsters,drug dealers, and prostitutes. After all you do not see Oprah Winfrey, Martin Lither King or THE PRESIDENT walking around with gold chains and saggy pants. If you get on the internet you will find plenty of articles about WHITES rapping other people. 
    EX: http://listverse.com/2008/08/28/10-terrible-cases-of-kidnapping-and-abuse/
    And murder : 

    Blacks can come from a variety of backgrounds and not ALL are felons or criminals same as there are 
    of whites in prison or jail. 
    We have won miss America: Debbye Turner (1990), Marjorie Vincent (1991), and Kimberly Aiken (1994).

     Bluford, 1983, became the first black astronaut to travel in space; Mae Jemison, 1992, became the first black female astronaut. Frederick D. Gregory, 1998, was the first African-American shuttle commander.

    George Washingtin carver invented peanut butter 
    Garret Morgan:gas mask
    Dr. Patricia. E. Bath (1949–) invented a method of eye surgery that has helped many blind people to see.
    Lonnie G. Johnson (1949–) invented the world-famous watergun, the Supersoaker.
    James Metthew Allen:remote control
    Lee S Burridge (co-inventor Newman R. Marshman): type writer 
    Andre reboucas: torpedo 
    so are you done using lawn mowers, boots,combs,brushes,stoves,guitars,lamps, life preservers because they were improved or invented by African Americans
    Are you going to move to another country because of our black President. 
    where will you go?
    UK has a black prime minister:Can Chuka Umunna
    And France claims that “race does  it exist ” so your racist remarks will not be tolerated 
    Canada:has many African Americans in congress
    And if you look on the office of  justice programs website you will see that although blacks may outnumber whites in murder crimes (by about 6%) WHITES outnumber BLACKS in crimes involving sex,gangs,workplace, arson, poison, and have multiple victims. They also outnumber African Americans in murders within the family,eldercide,infanticide, and intimate murders. So how can all blacks be gangsters when 54.3% of gang related murders have white offenders.
    And since the garden or Eden is said to be IN AFRICA that means that Adam and eve were most likely DARK SKINNED. And since ISRAEL is in the middle east JESUS was DARK SKINNED. And since research states that if you trace back people’s heritage far enough you will learn that they’re ancestors originated FROM AFRICA. Every race originated in Africa and later migrated to areas where there was not much sun or it was very cold, so through evolution they gradually became lighter. So now you have been proven wrong in any possible reason you have to dislike over a million people. 

  15. wow eboni you have taught them ignarant white “people” the facts. i have so much to add myself but i believe they know the truth already. this is all an excuss to hate, which is what they do best. ive done reasearch an there is the same amount of crime in poor and black areas. its just not shown. when poor white are poor they go to middle class areas and do crime them selfs but this is not counted. poor blacks go to poor black areas and so it may look un even but its in fact the same! also police go to more blasck areas and there for will arest a lot of blacks. last thing to say is there are hardly any crime of middle class black people

  16. I respect the author’s right to free speech, and I hope he can respect mine in pointing out a compelling book called “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in an Age of Colorblindness.” As this summary article (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michelle-alexander/the-new-jim-crow_b_454469.html) by the author notes:

    “…crime rates do not explain the sudden and dramatic mass incarceration of African Americans during the past 30 years. Crime rates have fluctuated over the past few decades — and currently are at historical lows — but imprisonment rates have soared. Quintupled. And the vast majority of that increase is due to the War on Drugs, a war waged almost exclusively in poor communities of color, even though studies consistently show that people of all colors use and sell illegal drugs at remarkably similar rates. In fact, some studies indicate that white youth are significantly more likely to engage in illegal drug dealing than black youth.

  17. Crime is down in some areas due solely to changes in reporting. In Memphis, 78,000 crimes went unreported by police over a ten year period. No change in ‘policy’; just a measure undertaken by leadership to skew the horrid numbers. Dismal.

    Brendan: You are correct, but the white youth are not committing other acts of illegal activity and violence while engaged in the dealing. The drug issue is often just an added charge, or the excuse to take them in.

    GREAT Info Hunter! How about a regular update? Especially now, with the Zimmerman trial, it is extremely important to share this information. While Trayvon supporters ignore the most serious issues and wear his image on their T-shirts, the tragic rate of self inflicted crime in their own communities is staggering.

  18. Eboni, Women of Truth, etc, etc. This is not about “hate.” No one is demeaning black people or discrediting the many contributions made by members of the race. This IS about the tragicly high crime rate in the black community – its relative effect on the whole – and a reasoning as to why those numbers are so skewed to blacks. The stats don’t lie…EXCEPT in Memphis where 78,000 crimes went UNREPORTED by POLICE!

    Participation in black churches provides some critical insight into the inner workings, or lack thereof, of the black community. The vast majority – in some cases 90% or more – of the membership thereof is comprised of black women. Black women RUN things in the black community. They are more responsible in the family unity, have more jobs, etc., etc. In a word: Fatherless. Too many reasons to address here, but the disconnect of the black male youth from civil obedience, respect for life, and self respect must be fundamentally addressed before any substantial change can be realized.

    Ignoring the facts, denying the stats, defending an obviously invalid position is not going to change anything. Opening your eyes, getting to the root causes and understanding the problem is the ONLY hope for stopping these ongoing tragedies. Until the black community leaders stand up and step up, nothing is going to change. Where’s Jesse? Where’s Al? When Cosby speaks the truth, they attack him, once again side-stepping the issues. Newsflash: It’s not going to change from the government, or some other cultural leader – white or otherwise. Why take on the problem when the community has already proven to crucify its own: Keys, Cain, Cosby, What would the outcry be if they were white speaking that truth?

    As Memphis now has the HIGHEST UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE NATION, it’s only going to get worse.

  19. So if race is a predictor of violence, I take it then that all of you that believe that blacks are violent due to their race believe that the centuries of white violence toward natives and blacks equates to whites being innately violent…yes?? And lets not even mention white male rape of black women for centuries resulting in the majority of black americans having at least one white male ancestor. amiright?

  20. Namehere is correct that race isn’t really the issue with violence, racial culture is. White culture used to include way too much violence; but not now. We can’t expect Blacks to become not black. But we can explore and seek to change Black culture which promotes irresponsible attitudes and behavior. And violence isn’t the main point of this article, crime is. Were Whites ever so criminal? Blacks were far more responsible 50 years ago than today. There is just no logical way to explain away Black misbehavior today with the wrongs committed against them a century and more ago. I think that in the 1960’s Black culture started to seek a comprehensive definition of ‘Blackness.’ At first there was a lot of good and freedom in that, but now the definition of ‘Blackness’ to often is simply ‘not White.’ Many Blacks are barred by their culture from behaving responsibly if responsibility is deemed ‘White.’

  21. Blacks are notorious for being called thugs and gangsters, but the real MVPs (Most Violent People) are whites. Everyday in cities across the country, people die at the hands of white people. What’s more, they’re killing their own kind. According to the US Department of Justice statistics, 84 percent of white people killed every year are killed by other whites. In 2011, there were more cases of whites killing whites than there were of blacks killing blacks. Between 1980 to 2008, a majority (53.3 percent) of gang-related murders were committed by white people, with a majority of the homicide victims being white as well.

    In America, whites commit the majority of crimes. What’s even more troubling is that they are also responsible for a vast majority of violent crimes. In 2013, whites led all other groups in aggravated assault, larceny-theft, arson, weapons-carrying, and vandalism. When it comes to sexual assault, whites take the forcible rape cake. They are also more likely to kill children, the elderly, family members, their significant others, and even themselves! They commit more sex-related crimes, gang related crimes, and are more likely to kill at their places of employment. In 2013, an estimated 10,076 people died in the U.S. due to drunk driving crashes. Driving while drunk is almost exclusively a white crime because everyone knows black people prefer to drink on their porches or inside their homes.

    So why is white on white crime so prevalent, one may ask? Is it the music they listen to? Is it the white divorce rate, resulting in more white children coming from broken homes? Perhaps it’s the TV shows they watch or the violent sports they play. More than likely, it is a combination of all of those things, with the exact root cause unclear. What is clear, though, is that not enough people are talking about the crime plaguing the white community. We need to spread the word, holding protests and demonstrations that call attention to this growing matter. Because, after all—white lives matter, too.

  22. Haha… Delusion prevails!!!..I guess we are to throw 400+ years of studies down the toilet!!! Throughout history, YOUR RACE HAS BEEN THE PRIMARY SOURCE of GENOCIDE, OPPRESSION, and other cowardly acts agains EVERY OTHER RACE ON THE PLANET!!! ******CONGRATULATIONS ON THOSE STATS!*******

  23. Im glad Im black, because that means I can blame all of my problems on the white man and his culture for everything bad that happens to me.

    After all, I have absolutely no control over the decisions I make in life. The white man has magical powers and can control my every move. I cant stand up and take responsibility for the evil things that me and my culture may do, because its not my fault that white people made me do it. Rather than admit that there is a problem in my community and try to come up with a solution, I will sit hear and invent reasons in my head that sound good of why this article is just another white lie to make black people look bad.
    White people really dont like us, they just want to hurt us. Luckily Black people out number White people. Black people are like 73 % of America, White people only like 15%. I know all this because im always surrounded by black people where I live. So that must mean there are mostly black people in America because I say so, which makes it real.
    If white people out numbered black people they would have surely killed us all by now because they hate us so much. It would take no time at all because there would be so many white people and I just know thats what they would do ; )
    Well, I guess im just gonna sit here and do nothing constructive, because if I do, the white man will surely stop me in my tracks. So why try. : (

    lovely sarcasm

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