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1965-1995 Homicides in Chicago 1

Running Head: Homicides

Project 3

Homicides in Chicago 1965-1995

Marvin Merriweather

Social Work 300

Tuskegee University

October 26,2010
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Abstract

In this paper I will analyze three variables from the data table from the data table 6399 part 1,
Homicides in Chicago in from 1965 to 1995. My variables consisted of race as my independent
variable, the number of first time offenders with prior records, and my control variable being sex
of the offender. My Bivariate hypothesis looks closely at the relationship of first time homicide
offenders by race, while my multivariate hypothesis will look at the sex of the first time
homicide offenders by race.
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Hypothesis:

In my bivariate analysis I will look at the correlation between the first time homicide

offenders as it relates to race. The independent variable in the bivariate analysis will be the race

of the offenders while my dependent variable will be the first time homicide offenders who have

prior records. The control variable will be the sex of offenders breaking them down in to male

category as well as a female category.

The multivariable hypothesis that will be analyzed will look at the wether the homicide

rate is for first time offenders are highest amongst men or women. Also it will break down the

data into categories by race to see which gender of male or female offenders of a particular race

had a higher first time homicide incidents with prior records.

Rationale:

In my bivariate hypothesis, the race of the individual as correlated to the offenders of the

homicide with prior records. I think that the African American or black respondents will be

higher than any other respondents. This is due to the demographic of area of where the survey is

correlated with. Chicago certain an area of Chicago Illinois has I high population of black that

reside in low income housing and due to this factor I believe that this will affect my data

significantly.

Secondly in my multivariate hypothesis I intend to analyze the correlation of the sex of the first

time homicide offenders by race broken down in to gender categories of male and female. I think

that out of the respondents of White, Black, Hispanic, and Asian, the black males will have the

higher rate of offenders. This also can be related to the geographic area in which the survey was

compiled from.
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Table 1

First Time Homicide Offenders with Prior Records by R’s Race

Bivariate

Race Yes No Missing Totals

White 296 668 927 1956

Black 2285 7715 4876 15175

Latino 300 1147 1028 2492

Asian 13 36 82 131

Unknown 1 3 4045 4063

Totals 2895 9569 10958 23817

Source: Data Table 6399 Homicides in Chicago 1965-1995


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Table 2

First Time Homicide Offenders with Prior Records by R’s Race

Controlling for R’s Gender

Multivariate

Race Other Violent Missing Totals

Male Respondents

White 271 637 811 1776

Black 1969 7137 3600 12946

Latino 294 1133 972 2413

Asian 9 28 67 104

Missing 0 1 93 34

Totals 2543 8936 5543 17334

Female Respondents

White 25 31 116 180

Black 316 578 1276 2229

Latino 6 14 55 78

Asian 4 8 15 27

Missing 0 0 4 4

Totals 351 631 1466 2518

Source: Data Table 6399 Homicides in Chicago 1965-1995


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Discussion

In my first analysis in the above table one I analyzed a Bivariate hypothesis which stated

that the race of the respondents in the homicides in Chicago from 1965-1995 will have an effect

on the individuals whom had a prior record. If we refer back to table one, we can see that the

races that were analyzed consisted of White, Black Latino, and Asian offenders who committed

homicides that had a prior record. Looking at the data we can see that the number of Blacks that

had a previous record as well as those who did not have a previous record is substantially higher

than those of any other race. I think this is due to the demographic of where the survey was taken

as well as the time period played a role in the results. With Chicago being the general area and

black being a major minority race and the survey being taken in a time where the gang and drug

and crime rate with black on black crime was high could be a contributing variable.

In my multivariate table I looked at the correlation of the sex of the first time homicide

offenders by race broken down in to gender categories of male and female. I think that out of the

respondents of White, Black, Hispanic, and Asian, the black males will have the higher rate of

offenders. The data in table two shows that amongst all respondents the male as well as female

black respondents whom committed homicides in Chicago from 1965-1995 where extremely

higher than those of any other race. Though other research it is stated that the crime rate amongst

African Americans are more common due to them being a minority in poverty. The high crime

rate can also be due to the rebellious culture the black community

I believe that the variables that I chose clearly show that in areas where poverty is high

amounts any race it leaves substantial room for crime. With little faith in the justice system and

the police African American s believe that the only way to get justice is to take justice into their
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own hand which in most cases, as the data shows, individuals who have no previous record to

commit crimes that end up in homicide. Times have changed and in some cases blacks have

become more aware of the consequences of their actions but if we want to understand and help

people from becoming a statistic we must implement more community outreach programs to

help break the cycle.


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References

Data Table 6399 Homicides in Chicago 1965-1995


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