What’s scary is that this is the reality in the U.S. and it all but erases the narrative so many have around white-on-black murders. Since 1980, every year, at last twice as many whites have been killed by black than vice versa.

SOURCE, U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics: https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/htus8008.pdf
Came out Sept 2019, with no media coverage about disproportionate outcomes by race: SOURCE, FBI Hate Crime Data: https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2018/crime-in-the-u.s.-2018/tables/expanded-homicide-data-table-6.xls

I’ve written extensively about this from a perspective of a stats-focused writer and investigator, a Democratic voter concerned with improving outcomes for African Americans, and as a citizen worried empirical evidence is dismissed over narrative, feelings, and anecdote.

If twice as many black folks kill white folks than the other way around, how come you almost never see a headline or story that mentions the offender is “black” and the victim is “white”? Yet in the rare occurrence an interracial killing does occur, and the offender is “white” and the victim is “black,” that’s pretty much all you hear.

It’s no surprise that Shaun King was among the first highlighting this tragedy in Georgia, and playing up the racial angle. He and others keep on trying until they can find that story that fits their limited worldview.

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David Shuey

Writer. Researcher. Designer. Human seeking better outcomes for all. Empiricism, relevant facts, and logical arguments > simple narratives.