Posts Tagged ‘deceptive data’

#WhiteLiesMatter, Part Six: Debunking Racist Apologetics One Fact at a Time

So many lies, so little time to bust them all… Lie: As the nation’s schools have become “blacker and browner,” they have become more dangerous and violent. Fact:… Posted by Tim Wise on Sunday, May 24, 2015 Lie: Blacks and Latino/as mostly rely on cash welfare and SNAP (food stamps) for their income, rather than [...]

#WhiteLiesMatter, Part Five (Public Housing Edition): Debunking Racist Apologetics One Fact at a Time

Another little debunking for your consideration… Lie: Public housing is filled with mostly black single moms and their kids, who live for free, receive cash welfare, and… Posted by Tim Wise on Friday, May 22, 2015

#WhiteLiesMatter, Part Four: Debunking Racist Apologetics One Fact at a Time

…and more. This is an especially important one. I address it at length in my upcoming book as well (“Under the Affluence”), but here’s a taste… Lie: Black folks just sit back and collect welfare checks rather than working for a living. Fact: There are only about… Posted by Tim Wise on Friday, May 22, [...]

#WhiteLiesMatter, Part Three: Debunking Racist Apologetics One Fact at a Time

Some more corrections to common right-wing “wisdom…” Lie: Blacks have job edge bc “reverse racism” No:… Posted by Tim Wise on Sunday, May 24, 2015 Lie: Asian success proves racism is dead. Fact:… Posted by Tim Wise on Sunday, May 24, 2015 Lie: Black superstars prove there is equal opportunity in the U.S. Fact: The [...]

#WhiteLiesMatter: Debunking Right-Wing Racist Apologetics One Fact at a Time

The first installments in #WhiteLiesMatter, a hashtag series I intend to post regularly. The series will debunk, with links embedded, various right-wing racist claims about people of color. Lie: Black teen pregnancy a growing crisis. Fact: Since 1970, fertility rate for black girls 15-17 down 81% http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/2014/003.pdf … #WhiteLiesMatter Posted by Tim Wise on Thursday, [...]

Of Makers and Takers Revisited: The Right’s Latest Lies About Dependence on Government

On the one hand, I get it. Census Bureau reports can be pretty dry and a bit vague. They tend to be heavy on facts but pretty open-ended as to how one might interpret those facts. Census researchers aren’t paid to explain what the numbers suggest in most cases; rather, they are charged with compiling [...]

Of Matriarchs and Misinformation: Fact-Checking Conservative Lies About Black Women

In the wake of recent police killings of young black men — John Crawford, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice most prominently — there has been much discussion about the way in which large numbers of white Americans, and especially white police, view African American males. The criminalization of the black male body has [...]

Deflecting the Dream: Right Wing Lies About Black America (and the Facts to Counter Them)

As we reflect on this past week’s commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, hearing the guttural effluent spewing from the mouths of America’s right-wing makes it clear where they would have stood — and where most of their ideological forbears did — a half century ago. Just as the nation’s most [...]

Nazis Can’t Do Math: Reflections on Racism, Crime and the Illiteracy of Right-Wing Statistical Analysis

** NOTE TO READERS: Unfortunately, many of the crucial links in this piece are not functional at this time. The links in question (concerning homicide rates and numbers, by race) were from a truly incredible and interactive database, compiled by the Wall Street Journal, and published on their website shortly before this essay was written. [...]

Race, Crime and Statistical Malpractice: How the Right Manipulates White Fear With Bogus Data

NOTE TO THE READER: Because the below essay involves a lot of data, and some occasionally confusing terminology (and because it’s hard to explain statistical analysis in a reader-friendly way), I am putting the key points in bullets here at the beginning of the piece. For the details as to how these conclusions were reached, [...]