Street crime

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Probably no domestic political question in the United States leads to more propaganda than that of street crime. Unlike crime in general, it is seen as random, unpredictable, suppressible only by aggressive policing, and justifying measures such as racial profiling. In most cities, it is a race issue in disguise.

Statistics become a tool of the ideological agenda of both the left (which claims it is caused by social conditions) and the right (which claims it is caused by bad moral training and parenting, or simply people "bad to the bone").