Race and Crime

Race and Crime

Race and Crime

Race and Crime

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To undertake writing at present on the connection between race and crime seems like a hopeless task. Never has a doctrine fallen so into disrepute as that of race. Pettiness and lunacy dominate the whole subject. No trace of science remains. Bestial passions and baseless prejudices have led to situations which but a short time ago would have been considered totally impossible. In certain countries the Jews are robbed and mistreated in hundreds of thousands. They are killed or driven out for no other reason than that they differ anthropologically from the rest of the population. A part of mankind has fallen back to the level of those Middle Ages when just such a primitive irrationality was uppermost in men's minds. But this is much more dangerous now than it formerly was, for now men have the means of modern technique and publicity at their disposal.

One might therefore be tempted to throw the whole race doctrine into the discard and to return to the old point of view according to which men of all races are spiritually the same. (The physical differences of all races are visible to everyone and are thus undeniable.) Yet in so doing one would not advance matters in the least, but rather retreat several steps, since this former point of view was not based on investigation but was dogmatic.

In a scientific publication on race and crime it is best simply to ignore the present senseless race prejudice. It is a social-pathological phenomenon which is in itself in need of . . .

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