Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesGenealogy · 1 decade ago

Is it in a persons Dna which makes him a criminal?

I would like to call into attention that although there is a debate over Nature over Nurture. Two very important facts. That the african americans brought to America during the colonial ages were sold by their own people for being criminals, (some exceptions). Africa: Torn apart by civilwar, most countries under european influence or ocupation, and always changing. Is very poor and ravaged by voilence and rape. Which of course is never on TV. Europe: Where the whites come from, plagued in the old days when whites came to America by theivery, insubordination, and voilence when allowed to get away with it. Hell thats how we became Amerika in the first place and not Britian. Tsk Tsk Tsk. Crime rates soar, and what is being commited? Black(Main Amount): Rape, Murder, Drugs, Theivery, Gang, Hate Crimes. White(Main Amount): Drugs, Theivery, Rape, Child Molestation, Disturbing the Peace.

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  • 4 years ago


    Source(s): Criminal Records Search Database -
  • I'm trying to decide if you've already decided on an answer to your question with all the stuff you wrote after it. Nevertheless, here's my take on it.

    When it comes to criminal behavior, there could be a genetic component to it, but I'd be very surprised if it was greater than even just 10%, and I doubt that it would be racially genetic. More than likely it would manifest itself as a hormonal imbalance or lack of inhibition, and I'm sure you could probably spot this trait across all races. One's surroundings play a far, far greater role in determining criminality. Education, culture, socioeconomic status, law enforcement, and upbringing all trump race in determining crime rates.

    BTW regarding slavery, first of all, that was a couple centuries ago. Also, many if not most of the blacks captured in Africa & sent to the States were NOT criminals in their own land. Many were members of disfavored ethnic minorities or tribes, or simply unfortunate souls who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. There is, however, a large population of people who WERE largely convicts when they were shipped to their new country: white Australians. If you look at crime rates over there, I think you will be hard pressed to find any race correlation either way once you control for the other factors (i.e. the "nurture" side of the equation).

  • lefang
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    I believe it was the Quakers who said give me a child before the age of seven and i will give you the man. Some people, humans are evil

    of that there is no doubt, two brothers ,both brought up in the same envoiriment, both attended the same church, both had two parents in thier life , both had by todays standards had a middle class upbringing. yet one committed murder on a massive scale, the other brother led a blameless life. we can cite many specific cases on nature /nuture debate, there is no accounting for human behaviour, there are to many variable to factor in every single detail of a persons life to know ,what that person is capable of. LF

  • NC
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Africans brought to America were indeed bought from other Africans, but they were not by and large enslaved for being crimials; they were enslaved because they belonged to tribes that were defeated in wars.

    Back to your original question, there is no way to distinguish nature from nurture when it comes to origins of crime. For example, criminals are disproportionately likely to have been born to single, very young mothers with low educational attainment and, consequently, very low income. Now, is mother's income and education "nature" or "nurture"?

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  • 1 decade ago

    No, your DNA doesn't make you a criminal. It just encodes the proteins which make up your body. Some people may be genetically predisposed to higher testosterone or some other chemical imbalance, but ultimately we all make choices and people choose to become criminals.

  • 1 decade ago

    Hey Thaxien S,

    It is not a person's DNA that makes him a criminal, it is the persons illegal actions that make him a criminal.

  • 1 decade ago

    No it is by choice. I have a cousin who was a serial killer, but no one else in my family has really ever even been arrested. He was as crazy as fourty hells!

  • 1 decade ago

    It is not a person's DNA that makes them a criminal - it is their actions.

  • 1 decade ago

    It is not DNA but one's environment, both social, physical and mental.

  • 1 decade ago


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