I never said poverty causes crime; I said the more direct correlation with criminal activity is poverty rather than skin color.<quoted text>
I used to think just like that, just like you. Drop your politically correct boilerplate for a while and consider: It's not poverty that causes crime.
It's crime that causes poverty. It screws up your resume` so you can't get a job. It takes you out of the workforce while you're in jail. It doesn't help your credit score. You keep paying fine after fine, restitution, lawyer fees (sometimes).
Does it not occur to you how silly your argument is? Do you honestly believe that there are black men prowling the streets saying, "I be poor so I be going to go rape me a white chick"?
I actually agree crime causes poverty, as does a lack of self respect, no movitivation, government dependency, etc. It's a self-defeating cycle which feeds on itself.
It has nothing to do with skin color. I see homes of whites & blacks & hispanics etc with unmown unkempt yards & trash all over the place. Their excuse is they're slobs because they're poor. My reply is always you're poor because you're a slob.
But again, it has nothing to do with skin color.