Dateline’s popular “To Catch a Predator” series has “exposed” more than one hundred men as internet child predators. Episode after episode, we are seeing men of all ages and many different races solicit children online. These men are showing up at houses across America to engage in sexual activities with people they believe to be adolescent children.
African Americans are stereotyped as being more likely to commit crime. Forty-four percent of the incarcerated population is black, although African Americans only make up twelve percent of the United States population, according to the United States Department of Justice. Knowing this information, it may seem odd to some that Dateline is not catching African American men in their sting operations.
Why then, are we not seeing more black men on the To Catch a Predator series? I have four theories to answer this question. I would love to hear your thoughts as well, so please feel free to leave any thoughts in the comments section below.
Dateline is setting up their sting operations in areas that have an unusually low population of African Americans.
Since the men featured on the program must physically arrive at the location, if the area has an uncharacteristic low percentage of black population, then it would follow that few African Americans would arrive. I have contacted Dateline to question this theory, but have not yet heard back from them.
Perverted Justice Workers Are Only Posing as White Males Or Females.
If the only white male and female adult actors are hired to pose as the adolescent girls and boys, Perverted Justice may only claim to be white when talking online with potential predators. Is it possible that black adults would be more likely to target members of their own race, thus making them less likely to fall into Dateline’s “trap?”
Black Men Are Less Likely to Use the Internet for Socializing.
Perhaps black men are not using the internet as much as their white counterparts or maybe they are not using the chat rooms or other socializing features of the internet. If black men are not socializing in chat rooms, then it would be logical that they would not be caught up in Dateline’s To Catch a Predator.
Black Men are Not Sickos.
If the other three theories are not true, maybe it is possible that adult black men choose not to have sex with adolescent girls and boys. Is it possible that they have stronger morals in an area that other races seem to be lacking in?