Much — though by no means all — of the disproportionate rate of blacks stopped, frisked, arrested, convicted and imprisoned is a simple reflection of violence in poor African-American communities. Like robbing banks because that’s where the money is, the obvious reason police focus so much of their attention on the young male black community is because that is where the murders are.This is from a greater "debate" titled "Young, Black and Male in the United States." What's odd about these New York Times's "debates" is that they're not debates. There are eight people contributing (for no pay) independently of each other, none of whom have any idea what the others are saying. This may or may not lead to good points being made, but it is a bit of shame it's not a real debate.
It’s not politically correct to say so, but reality isn't politically correct. Over 90 percent of New York City's 536 murder victims last year were black or Hispanic. Just 48 victims were white or Asian. The rate of white homicide in the city (1.18 per 100,000) is incredibly low, even by international standards.
Update: And a few stats that didn't make it in my piece, for reasons of relevancy and style.
Leaving aside domestic violence, how many of the roughly 1.3 million white women in New York City were murdered last year by a stranger (ie: leaving out the 34 cases of domestic-related violence)?
And 31% of domestic violence murder victims were male. Because compared to other locales, in terms of crime New York has a strangely broad definition of "domestic." In most places domestic violence means you are or have had sex with somebody. In New York it means living under the same roof.