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Intraracial Violence

Violence occurs among people of all ages, races, and socioeconomic brackets; no population is insulated from its effects. During the past decade, the nature of violence has changed, evidenced by an increase in domestic aggression, substance abuse, and gang and street violence and the growth of organized and wellfunded groups whose primary purpose is violence and territorial control.

During the past two decades, we have also accumulated a small but convincing body of evidence demonstrating that violence is both intraracial and interracial in nature. Although some researchers have challenged this assertion, there is little scientific consensus on explanations for variations in racial violence. When race is strongly correlated with socioeconomic status (i.e., education, income, wealth, and prestige), opportunities for contact between members of different groups ...

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