Using Data for Racial

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Using Data for Racial
Equity in West Virginia

AMERICA HEALING CONFERENCE 2013

W.K. Kellogg Foundation


April 24, 2013


Morning Session

Ted Boettner,
Executive Director

tboettner@wvpolicy.org





The Stories We Tell

3 important techniques

Metaphors (e.g.
m
etastasizing)

Numbers (e.g. 1/9): People can take the same facts and devise
different conclusions. This is where values come into play.

Synecdoche (e.g. Ryan White, Willie Horton): manipulation
of individuals or symbols for political ends or the same
portion represents the whole.

Politics, unlike other arenas, opinion often counts as fact.

How do we package the numbers?



Source: McDonough,
Experiencing Politics

Constructing the Narrative

“Those who have no record of what their forebears have
accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the
teaching of biography,”

“If a race has no history,
if
it has no worthwhile tradition,
it becomes a negligible
factor
in the thought of the world,
and it stands in danger
of
being exterminated,”

Carter G. Woodson

In
this case, it is impossible to discuss the
difference
in
social
outcomes between African American and white West
Virginians
without also discussing the emotionally charged
issues
of race and
racism.



More Examples of Using Data

Sample Data Sources

U.S. Census Bureau (American
Fact Finder):
http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/searchre
sults.xhtml?refresh=
t


State
Health
Facts (Minority Health):
http://www.statehealthfacts.org/comparecat.jsp?cat=9&rgn
=6&rgn=
1


Small Area Health
Insurance
Estimates (SAHIE):
http://www.census.gov/did/www/sahie
/


State level (e.g. WV Division
of Correction):
http://www.wvdoc.com/wvdoc/Portals/0/documents/201
2
-
Annual
-
Report.pdf