The White Nationalist site VDARE claimed in a 2020 blog article:

The FBI has released its national crime stats for 2019. Murder was down 0.2%.

While blacks made up 52.5% of known murder offenders from 1980–2008, their percentage continues to inch upwards, reaching 55.9% in 2019

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    What is a known murder offender? Is it someone who has been accused of murder? Arrested for murder? Convicted of murder?
    – Joe W
    Commented Apr 4 at 14:50
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    @JoeW "based solely on police investigation as opposed to the determination of a court, medical examiner, coroner, jury, or other judicial body"
    – DavePhD
    Commented Apr 4 at 15:34
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    @JoeW because your question wasn't addressed to a particular person.
    – DavePhD
    Commented Apr 4 at 16:46
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    @JoeW: The question of definitions is not for the OP to resolve. We should look to the claimant. In this case, the claimant has explicitly stated their source, so it is reasonable to go to that source to find the definitions. If the definition is misleading to the lay public, feel free to mention that in an answer that addresses the question.
    – Oddthinking
    Commented Apr 5 at 1:37
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    @user71659: Be wary of the term "statistically significant". It has a different meaning to "significant" (which seems the way you are using it).
    – Oddthinking
    Commented Apr 5 at 1:39

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The FBI 2019 Expanded Homicide Data Table 3 says that of 16,245 "murder offenders":

4,728 were White

6,425 were Black

340 were Other [superscript 2: Includes American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander]

4,752 were Unknown

So it is true that the FBI reported that 55.9% of the murder offenders whose race is known to the FBI were Black.

Also, the FBI expressly states:

When the race of the offender was known, 55.9 percent were Black or African American, 41.1 percent were White, and 3.0 percent were of other races.

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    your answer does not match the footnote AT ALL. The footnote says "Not all agencies provide ethnicity data; therefore, the race and ethnicity totals will not equal" The FBI data consists of race (white, black, other, unknown) as one category , and ethnicity as another. ethnicity is hispanic/latino, non-hispanic/latino, and unknown. For race, 'unknown' means just that (e.g., unsolved). For ethnicity it means 'unknown' or not recorded. Nothing here implies for a single teeny tiny moment that anyone is 'unwilling to share'
    – thelawnet
    Commented Apr 4 at 19:49
  • @thelawnet ok, I'll delete that part
    – DavePhD
    Commented Apr 4 at 20:18

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