More than half of all homicides in America are committed by young black males who comprise about 2.5 percent of the population.
Here's the math.
A recent study reveals that half of all homicides in America are committed by blacks who comprise 12 percent of the population.
Consider that nearly all homicides are committed by males, we can assume that half of all homicides are committed by black males, or six percent of the population.
However, we also note that 93.2 of homicides are committed by individuals between the ages of 18 and 49. That age group represents about 40 percent of the black male population. 40 percent of 6 percent is 2.4 percent.
We conclude, then, that half all homicides are committed by 2.5 to 3.0 percent of the population, black males between the ages of 18 and 49.
1. A United States Department of Justice report which surveyed homicide statistics between 1974 and 2004 stated that of the crimes surveyed, 52.2% of the offenders were Black. [source]
2. One study revealed that 93.2 percent by of homicides are committed by persons aged 18-49. This age group constitutes about 40 percent of black males. 75.9 percent aged 18-34. [source].
The life expectancy of black males in America was 77.7 [source].