Duke University professor Emile Durkheim, author of a recent book on race and immigration, is under fire for saying he would have a harder time understanding why blacks commit crimes than whites.
In an interview with The Associated Press published Sunday, Durkheimer said he was “troubled” by the idea that the number of people who commit violent crimes is higher than the number who commit property crimes, like burglary and assault.
Durkheim said the gap is due to racial bias.
“If I can’t identify with the problems that blacks commit, I’m not going to be able to understand the solutions,” Durkhell said.
Durkelheim has called for a more diverse college environment.
In the interview, Durkinheim said his research has shown that people who identify as black commit crime in much higher percentages than those who identify with other races.
Durkinheim, who was born in Germany but has been living in the U.S. since 1980, said he believes it’s “a good thing” that his children can attend college, because it allows him to “see what’s happening in the world and understand that.”
Durkhell is an adjunct professor of sociology at Duke University and has authored several books on race, immigration, sociology and American history.
Durkanheim, whose name is on the UCSD website, said that he has spent years “trying to understand why people commit crime.”
He said he has also been “very, very surprised” by what he has found.
Durkoheim said that when he asked about the difference between blacks committing crime and whites committing crimes, he was met with a dismissive response that said, “What do you mean by that?”
Durkheimer was asked about his comments by AP reporter Erin Burnett, who asked whether he would consider a post on the Duke campus.
Durhamburn asked Durkhems response and received an immediate, dismissive response.
“You can’t make that argument with people like me, because I’m a white man,” Durkinheimer said.
Durkinheimer’s remarks were met with swift condemnation by several high-profile figures.”
There are many reasons why blacks do what they do, and they are committing crimes that are much more widespread than white people.”
Durkinheimer’s remarks were met with swift condemnation by several high-profile figures.
President Barack Obama called them “insensitive, offensive and divisive,” while Republican Sen. Marco Rubio called them racist.
“Duke University professor, Emile de Durkhheim, should not be permitted to advance his controversial views on race at the expense of our national security,” Rubio said in a statement.