We were digging into U.S. homicide data when we stumbled across some interesting statistics. The U.S. Department of Justice breaks down the number of homicides each year by both the race of the offenders as well as the race of the victims, at least for homicide cases where there's just a single offender and a single victim.
Since the data is only presented in table form, we thought it might make for a good data visualization project. Our first chart shows the number of victims, with the individual data points in each stacked column indicating the number of victims that were attributed to the indicated offender race category in 2008, the most recent year for which data has been posted at this writing. We should note that these homicides, with a single victim and a single offender, represent about 48.5% of the total number of homicides reported in the U.S. in 2008.
The basic reality seems to be that people mainly murder other people like themselves.
Pamela Rosa take note, this says that by far the greatest number of white people being murdered are being murdered by other white people...