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Ferguson Inquisition: Department of Justice Can't Do Fourth Grade Math
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March 09, 2015, 08:35 AM
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Jared Taylor, unlike the reporters in the Main Stream Media, actually bothered to read the Ferguson report that everyone is talking about.  And he finds something that, well, isn't that surprising.  The DOJ can't do simple math.
According to the DOJ report, when blacks in Ferguson are searched after a traffic stop they are 26 percent less likely than whites to have contraband on them. That figure is wrong. Thirty percent of whites and 24 percent of blacks have contraband, but the difference is 20 percent, not 26 percent.

The difference between 24 and 30 is 6. To find by what percent 24 is smaller than 30, you divide 6 by 30 to get 0.2, which is 20 percent. DOJ stupidly divided by 24, which is 0.25 or 25 percent. (It arrived at 26 percent, presumably, due to rounding of the original figures.)

To understand DOJ’s error better, imagine that whites had contraband 50 percent of the time, and blacks only 25 percent. The way DOJ did the math, (50-25)/25 = 1.0, would mean that blacks were 100 percent less like to have contraband–an absurd result. The correct calculation is (50-25)/50 = 0.5, or 50 percent less likely.

Here’s the quote directly from page 65 of the DOJ report:

Despite being searched at higher rates, African Americans are 26% less likely to have contraband found on them than whites: 24% of searches of African Americans resulted in a contraband finding, whereas 30% of searches of whites resulted in a contraband finding.

[DOJ Uses Faulty Calculation in Ferguson Reportby Jared Taylor, American Renaissance, March 6, 2015]

As Mr. Taylor observes, this didn't stop Vox from using the 26 percent figure as one of the most "damning" findings.

The Megaphone isn't just about promoting phony Narratives.  It is about blanking out any facts, even the most minuscule, that get in the way of the larger story.

AmRen appears to be the only outlet that caught this obvious mistake.  Just like VDARE.com looks like the only outlet that actually bothered to look through the (publicly available) crime reports for Ferguson.