The CDC has finally released its 2020 figures for homicide victims, based on death certificates by race/ethnicity, into its interactive WONDER database. These match up overall pretty well with the FBI’s homicide totals, which are based on police reports. The FBI reported a record 29.4% increase in total murders and the CDC reported a 28.4% increase in total homicides.
One advantage of the CDC numbers over the FBI numbers is that they are much better at distinguishing Hispanics from non-Hispanic whites. Another is that the race/ethnicity of uncleared homicide victims is included.
One advantage of the FBI figures is that they list the “known murder offender” for a majority of murders (although a large minority are uncleared).
|CDC WONDER Database||2019 Homicide Victims||2020 Homicide Victims||Increase in Homicide Victims in 2020 vs. 2019||% Increase in Homicide Victims in 2020 vs. 2019||Share of Homicide Victims 2020||Rate per 100k|
So we see that blacks were 36% more likely to be homicide victims in the Year of the Racial Reckoning, 2020, compared to the bad old days of 2019. The number of black homicide victims went up from 10,030 in 2019 to 13,594 in 2020, an upsurge of 3,564 extra dead Black Bodies.
In FBI stats of known murder offenders, blacks comprised 56.3% of cleared cases, vs. blacks making up 55.3% of total homicide victims according to the CDC.
Hispanics were up a considerable 26% and Native Americans 21%.
Whites were 19% more likely to die by homicide than in 2020.
Asians were only 1% more murdered in 2020, despite Trump’s practically genocidal use of the term “Chinese flu.”