Counting Doesn’t Count Unless People Matter

Nearly every time I end up in a heated (and therefore likely, pointless) exchange about inequality and discrimination on The Internet, it disintegrates into an argument over numbers. Whose statistics are correct? How many Black folks were killed by police this past year? But how many Black folks were killed in homicides by other Black folks? Some insist on replying. How many COVID-19 deaths? But how many were elderly or disabled? Weren’t these people gonna die anyway? comes the response.

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