Sometimes statistics are treated like scriptures. They’re accepted without question and repeated regardless of accuracy.
During the 1990’s one statistic was quoted more than John 3:16. It stated more Black males were in prison than in college.
This prison/college ratio was accompanied by the disparity in annual cost of inmate/public school student.
The latter figure was emphasized to prove the state prioritized incarceration suggesting the prison/college ratio was intended and past patterns of racism remained modern.
When the data was filtered through preexisting beliefs of racism the generalization was alarming. But were there really more Black males in prison than in college?