Did the Forsyth DA Have a Macaca Moment?

In a Yes! Weekly article about the recently passed Racial Justice Act, Forsyth County's District Attorney Tom Keith was quoted as follows:

“If you’re African American, you’re six, seven or eight times more likely to have a violent history,” Keith said. “I didn’t go out there and put a gun in your hand and say, ‘You commit eight crimes, and I’m a white man, I’ll commit one.’ That’s just instincts, that’s just how it is.”

I'm really not sure what the DA was trying to say, but I can tell you that using the word "instincts" makes it sound like he's saying white people are born with a lower predeliction for violence than black people.  I'm pretty certain there are more than a few social scientists out there who would argue with him on that.

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