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sundin13 said:
KLAMarine said:

I don't draw much of these shooting statistics.

All shooting incidents are unique and worthy of individual assessment: in the real world, the skin color of the victim is NOT the only variable at play but in graphs highlighting racial discrepancies, one could easily be fooled into thinking skin color is the only decisive variable or a major variable on whether or not an officer opens fire on a suspect.

Damn, that is a lazy take...

You have presented no explanations or hypotheses to explain the trends, and only concluded that others are "fooled" by the data driven conclusion that race plays a major part in some way, again without any argument, explanation or even real criticism of your own. I didn't expect much, but I expected more than that.

One should never take a hatchet to a problem that requires a scalpel.

My so-called lazy take is one that urges caution. One can try to find trends by excluding the many variables at play in every police interaction but those many variables are ALWAYS a factor. The lurking variable is always a threat.

Mass assessment must always yield to the personal one-on-one assessment: some police shootings are Walter Scotts. Others are Ma'khia Bryants.

Both cases involve black victims BUT their individual circumstances vary drastically. Of course, as far as some studies would be concerned, both would go down as instances of blacks being killed by police.

We should never take the lazy route by placing two variables on the same graph and calling it a day. We should always give all shootings their due one-on-one.