HOW THE MEDIA CREATES NARRATIVES:

Here is the Washington Post showing that blacks are shot to death by police more than Hispanics who are shot more than whites who are shot much more often than…. “other”. Other is about 43 million people, which would include about 21 million Asian Americans, who I’m guessing have an even lower rate of being shot to death by police than the full “other” category. But if you are trying to frame the narrative as an uncomplicated “cops shoot people of color more than whites” you can’t actually break out “Asians” because that undermines the narrative and means you have to dig a bit beyond the simple formula. So “Other” it is. It would also be helpful, though not to the “narrative,” to compare the percentage of individuals shot by race/ethnicity to arrest rates for violent crime.

 

 

h/t DB