Many of you have either seen or passed along one of these 10 Days of Black Truths infographics that aim to disspell unsourced myths about Black men and women in the United States.
Created by award-winning filmmaker and creator of WhatBlackMenThink.com, Janks Morton, the bold graphics clearly and effectively display statistics sourced from the U.S. Census Bureau to combat widespread negativity by the media about Blacks and education.
One directly attacks the long standing claim that the high school drop out rate for Black males is at 55% — a false statistic that I’ve personally heard for years.
And while some of the information is hard to celebrate, such as the one above that shows “824,340 Black men in prison vs 1,444,979 Black men in college,” a lot can be accomplished if we are allowed to start relying more on facts and less on fallacies.
“Never trust a statistic that ends in a ’5′ or ’0,’” says Morton. “Fives and zeros are the numbers of men and have very little to do with statistical sampling.”
In June, Morton strategically unleashed the savvy graphics onto the world’s largest social network, Facebook, and they’ve been spreading all over the web.
“We can start to change the conversation about what it means to be Black in America right here, right now, today,” says Morton. “Through our respective social networks we can spread the message the media denies.”
The campaign was launched in collaboration with Morton‘s new documentary, Hoodwinked: We Can No Longer Doubt Our Greatness — An expose of the misinformation, the myths and the false stereotypes around Black Identity. View more of the infographics and check out the trailer and a sneak peak of Hoodwinked below.
Watch HOODWINKED (Official Trailer)
Watch HOODWINKED (Sneak Peek)
10 Days of Black Truths – “Name a Positive Stereotype About Black People”