When we think about crime, we 'see black,' even when it's not present at all.
This is a small project examining why we generally perceive black people as "criminal."
I grew up with this stereotype all around me. But the more I looked at other factors — at unequal policing, criminalization based on racial prevalence, unreported and intracommunity crime — the more I've grown convinced there are many things wrong that the simple numbers don't take into account.
So I've created this interactive chart below to see in what ways we can tweak our statistics and see what difference that makes. Disclaimers are two sections down, but be sure to check out each of the scaling justifications. All data is from the 570-789-7694(2015 isn't available yet).