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Donald Trump: Blacks commit ‘overwhelming amount' of crime

OUTSPOKEN: Donald Trump (PA)

BILLIONAIRE BUSINESS tycoon Donald Trump has contrived to generate a Twitter storm after sharing his views about who causes crime on the social media site.

Having only 140 characters to express himself on a complicated, multifaceted issue that, among others, involves socio-economic, educational and cultural factors, Trump cited statistics from a Fox News pundit which were unequivocal about where the blame for violent crime lies.

“According to Bill O’Reilly, 80 per cent of all the shootings in New York City are blacks – if you add Hispanics, that figure goes to 98 per cent. One per cent white”, Trump tweeted.

Apart from either forgetting the missing the one per cent in his simplistic blame equation or just not being proficient at adding up to 100, he drew a myopic conclusion 10 minutes later, opening it up to the floor for discussion.

“Sadly, the overwhelming amount of violent crime in our major cities is committed by blacks and hispanics – a tough subject – must be discussed”, added Trump, who starred in the US reality TV show The Apprentice.

Huffington Post speculated that the statistics Trump had borrowed originated from a NYPD 2012 New York City enforcement report, which found 662 shooting suspects who were racially identified, 78.2 per cent were black, 18.9 per cent were Hispanic and 2.4 per cent were white.

The “offensively prejudiced” Trump’s right-wing views were rejected by media critic Eric Deggans in his column in the Tampa Bay Times.

He wrote: “Where does poverty come into play? Are the shootings connected to gang violence?

“None of those open questions kept Trump from tweeting, seemingly out of the blue, about O’Reilly’s figures.

“There is no doubt that violent crime is a serious problem in communities of colour.

“But connecting it to race in such a blunt and unfair fashion seems more about blaming certain kinds of people than solving the problem”, he added.

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