Three years ago Attorney General Eric Holder let loose with this humdinger: “intimate partner homicide is the leading cause of death for African-American women ages 15 to 45.”
For nearly three years persons have been calling for a correction, including Christina Hoff Sommers, Mark Perry, and the Washington Post Fact Checker Glenn Kessler: http://www.saveservices.org/camp/stereotypes/
On January 17, changes were made to the DOJ website. But instead of removing the inaccurate information, they just added this to the bottom of the page:
PLEASE NOTE: These remarks, as originally delivered in 2009, cited a statistic naming intimate partner homicide as the leading cause of death for African-American women ages 15 to 45. This statistic was drawn from a range of reputable sources, including a 2003 study by the National Institute of Justice. However, recent figures indicate other causes of death-including cancer and heart disease-outrank intimate partner homicide for this age group.
But this “clarification” actually implies the claim was once true: “This statistic was drawn from a range of reputable sources”!
Tell the Department of Justice to stop its portrayal of Black men as abusers!
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: 1-202-353-1555
Teri Stoddard, Program Director
Stop Abusive and Violent Environments
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