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Old 10-17-2015, 09:04 PM
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I believe it. Many of the worlds most dangerous cities are in Central America. Many of these places are also some of the most corrupt as well. Both of these recipes are set for disaster. I read that nearly 85% of all murders are unsolved and many of those murders are never solved because these criminals pay the police to keep their mouth shut. Even some police officers are part of the drug trade. What a mess.
There are places in Central America that I want to travel to. Other than Costa Rica, I don't think I would feel safe in many areas.
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Old 10-17-2015, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Appalachian New York, Formerly Louisiana
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Surprise, surprise. Louisiana is still at the top. Unless you count DC as a state.
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Old 10-17-2015, 10:19 PM
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Bringing this up is going to make me cringe. It's known that half of the murders in the USA are Black-on-Black murders. Mississippi and Louisiana are in the top as far as murder goes. However, there are some things I'm noticing.

The states with the highest Black homicide rates(top 10), only three are listed among the top 11, Louisiana, Missouri, and Tennessee. Missouri ranks #1 in the nation for Black murder rates, and it ranks #3 in the nation for murder over all. However, I found something else. Missouri's Black population is around 11.7 percent, vs 30.5 percent in Georgia, 19.7 percent in Virginia, 21.5 percent in North Carolina. All of those states have lower over all murder rates than Missouri. North Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia have Black murder rates of 10.94 per 100,000, 12.12 per 100,000, and 13.13 per 100,000, compared to Missouri's Black murder rate of 34.98 per 100,000.

Mississippi has the nation's highest murder rate. It's also 37 percent Black, the highest in the nation. With a Black murder rate of 11.35 per 100,000, it's only of the lowest in the USA.

Georgia is tied for 10th place for total murder rates, alongside Alabama and Tennessee. However, out of those states, only Tennessee ranks in the top 10 for Black murder rates. Georgia's Black murder rate is 13.13 per 100,000, ranking 28th. Tennessee, it's 22.4 per 100,000, ranking 10th.

And the states with the highest Black murder rates, the top 10, many are in states that don't have especially high murder rates. Nebraska has a murder rate of 2.9 per 100,000. The Black murder rate is 34.93 per 100,000, ranking only 2nd to Missouri. Oklahoma, Wisconsin, California, and Pennsylvania aren't especially murderous. However, all rank in the top 10 for highest Black murder rates. And out of those states with the highest Black murder rates, 3 have Black populations above the national average: Michigan, Louisiana, and Tennessee. The rest of the states have Black populations under 12.5%. Wisconsin, California, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Indiana have Black populations below the national average.

http://www.vpc.org/studies/blackhomicide15.pdf
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Old 10-17-2015, 10:22 PM
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Surprise, surprise. Louisiana is still at the top. Unless you count DC as a state.
Louisiana has had double digit murder rates for the past 45 years. Louisiana hit 20.3 murders per 100,000 in 1993, the highest for any state in any one year, since 1960. This broke Nevada's record of 20 murders per 100,000 in 1980.
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Old 10-17-2015, 10:59 PM
 
Location: Appalachian New York, Formerly Louisiana
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Louisiana has had double digit murder rates for the past 45 years. Louisiana hit 20.3 murders per 100,000 in 1993, the highest for any state in any one year, since 1960. This broke Nevada's record of 20 murders per 100,000 in 1980.
Oh I'm well aware, sadly. Most of it these days seems to be gang or, unfortunately, race related but it's such a shame that a beautiful state like Louisiana is "bogged" (pun, heh) down by that level of violence.

I lived in Livingston parish. There were some bad, bad people out there who downright despised blacks for no good reason.
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Old 10-18-2015, 04:00 AM
 
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Oh I'm well aware, sadly. Most of it these days seems to be gang or, unfortunately, race related but it's such a shame that a beautiful state like Louisiana is "bogged" (pun, heh) down by that level of violence.

I lived in Livingston parish. There were some bad, bad people out there who downright despised blacks for no good reason.
Gang related and race related together comprise a small percentage of killings in Louisiana. Gangs aren't a part of the culture of Louisiana, where year in year out black on black killings are 75% of overall killings. In regards to Livingston Parish you were right and wrong. It's home to the most racist white population in southeastern Louisiana, yet they knew to keep their true feelings inside around black people.
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Old 10-18-2015, 11:30 AM
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Gang related and race related together comprise a small percentage of killings in Louisiana. Gangs aren't a part of the culture of Louisiana, where year in year out black on black killings are 75% of overall killings. In regards to Livingston Parish you were right and wrong. It's home to the most racist white population in southeastern Louisiana, yet they knew to keep their true feelings inside around black people.

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Oh I'm well aware, sadly. Most of it these days seems to be gang or, unfortunately, race related but it's such a shame that a beautiful state like Louisiana is "bogged" (pun, heh) down by that level of violence.

I lived in Livingston parish. There were some bad, bad people out there who downright despised blacks for no good reason.

I have no doubt that racism is a major issue in Louisiana. I have relatives from Louisiana, particularly from the "Florida" parishes. I'm sure there have been some incidents. On the other hand, I look at where most of Louisiana's murders come from. New Orleans is leading the pack. No, I do not believe gangs are a part of Louisiana culture. I think it is mainly an inner city New Orleans issue. Read about The Gotti Boys. New Orleans has made the title of "murder capital" several times, since the 1970s. Baton Rouge is quite violent too.
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Old 10-20-2015, 11:51 PM
 
Location: on the edge of Sanity
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The Bahamas is safe in tourist areas, have the most expensive hotel room in the world, if you go to the U.S Virgin islands, I am pretty sure for tourists it is safe, living there is a whole different ballgame.
It's been a while but, when I visited St Thomas, hotel security told me not to walk around alone, even outside of my hotel. Also, when I was in Nassau, I upgraded my package and changed hotels. I was on Cable Beach and wish I stayed on Paradise Island, where I had stayed during another trip. You get what you pay for. It's not much different from vacationing in a U.S. resort, i.e., Miami. There are safe places where the tourists shop & dine and some not-so-safe areas where you see hookers and drug dealers.

However, you're right. Most people who vacation on an island don't get to see where many of the locals live. That's probably true about most places, however.
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It's been a while but, when I visited St Thomas, hotel security told me not to walk around alone, even outside of my hotel. Also, when I was in Nassau, I upgraded my package and changed hotels. I was on Cable Beach and wish I stayed on Paradise Island, where I had stayed during another trip. You get what you pay for. It's not much different from vacationing in a U.S. resort, i.e., Miami. There are safe places where the tourists shop & dine and some not-so-safe areas where you see hookers and drug dealers.
I'd guess Honolulu and Hawaii in general mostly doesn't have those issues.
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Old 10-21-2015, 10:49 AM
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I'd guess Honolulu and Hawaii in general mostly doesn't have those issues.
I don't think Hawaii would have those issues.
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