It is almost as if these people accept that their young men will flirt with criminality as a rite of passage — perhaps the idea being that their doing so is a sophisticated 'revolutionary' gesture against the evil Structure? Are these people trying to cast reality as an early ‘70s blaxploitation flick? I cannot say I know. But those who are most interested in the bias issue find this so urgent because they seek the thrill of once more revealing the racist rot at the heart of all whites and under American society as a whole, etc., etc. But this is a mere emotional score."
— John McWhorter, Senior Public Policy Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and moderate-liberal Democrat