Challenge to Attorney General Eric Holder:
Correct the Misinformation on the DOJ Website
Mark J. Perry
February 5, 2011
According to data available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 2007 (most recent year available), the top five leading causes of death for black females ages 15-44 are listed above. Note that the 838 homicides include murders by family members, intimate partners, acquaintances and strangers.
And yet the Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder claimed on the Department of Justice website (October 19, 2009) that “Disturbingly, intimate partner homicide is the leading cause of death for African-American women ages 15 to 45.” He actually made that claim earlier in a speech on August 3, 2009, where he said “Intimate partner homicide is the leading cause of death for African-American women ages 15 to 45. These statistics are shocking and completely unacceptable.”
Christina Sommers points out in her USA Today editorial that it would be shocking and completely unacceptable if it were true, but it isn’t true (see table above). Instead, it’s shocking and completely unacceptable for the Attorney General of the United States to spread false statistics that aren’t even remotely close to being true or accurate. Shocking, indeed. Especially when you see how that misinformation has spread and been quoted as fact by an institute at the University of Minnesota, on YouTube, in books like this one, and in newspaper articles like this story in the Philadelphia Tribune.
Thanks to Christina Sommers for exposing this false claim that has remained on the Department of Justice website for more than a year, and her challenge to Eric Holder:
“Victims of intimate violence are best served by the truth. Eric Holder should correct his department’s website immediately.”