Everyone's entitled to their political views, but they should be shaped by factual information — not made up numbers that are sourced from non-existent data labs. The tweet below is something you'd expect to see on the page of an individual afraid to show their face in their avatar. But unfortunately, POTUS-hopeful Donald Trump is sharing this ignorance on violence in America on social media.
On Sunday afternoon, Trump tweeted the stats that were formulated to make Black Americans appear to be more violent than white Americans and emphasized that "Black-on-Black" crime is happening at a much higher rate than other crime. These stats are not only false, but also racially skewed.
Let's fact check for Trump.
In 2014, for 3,021 white victims of violence, 2,488 of the perpetrators were white offenders who committed the homicide, according to data collected by the FBI. Whites killed other whites at a rate of 82 percent, not 16 percent. Perhaps, we should be discussing "white on white crime" more. Moreover, whites were killed by Blacks at a rate of 16 percent, not 81 percent.
Additionally, the rate of Blacks killed by other Blacks is 89 percent, not 97 percent. In addition, Blacks killed by whites occurred at a rate of 7.6 percent, not 2 percent.
More than anything, it's sloppy for Trump to share infographics from the "Crime Statistics Bureau," which doesn't exist. Violence in America is a problem, but spreading false information on the topic suggests Trump has an agenda to keep the country divided and further away from finding solutions that will end the issue.
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