Showing posts with label Racism. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Racism. Show all posts

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Now it's Math Textbooks in Florida?

 

I have written about how my book was banned by the Johnstown Area Heritage Association in much the same way that Art Spiegelman's was banned by a school board in Tennessee.  I have also written about the message I received from Google about my blog posts on the Ukraine war.  Now it's math textbooks in Florida that are being banned because they supposedly discuss critical race theory (CRT).  In the video above, the Lt. Governor of Florida and Fox News talk about why this ban is a good thing with no examples of why these books were banned.


In this video, reporter Judd Legum discusses his review of some of the textbooks that were banned.  His group found no discussion of CRT or Social and Emotional Learning (SEL).  Now SEL is seen by many on the right as synonymous with CRT.  Why these things are a bad thing is beyond me. 

CRT is a college level theory to study racism in institutions.  SEL is intended to teach children the emotional skills to better relate to one another.  The fact that many on the right cannot distinguish between the two suggests the need for more education of parents as well as children in critical thinking.

As an educator of statistics, I can tell you that it is always better to have teaching examples that students to which students can relate.  African American and Hispanic students often lag behind white students in math achievement.  These are important skills not only for balancing one's checkbook but for critical thinking in a variety of areas.  

None of the skills learned in school are learned in a vacuum.  What is taught in one subject area spills over into the others.  Governor Ron DeSantis (who is hoping to take on former President Trump in 2024) emphasized "education not indoctrination" to justify the banning of books and his "don't say gay" bill.

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Friday, March 25, 2022

New Hate Group Estimates Are Out for the U.S.



The County Health Rankings number will not be released until April 27.  I do have new numbers from the Southern Poverty Law Center for hate groups for each state in the U.S. The current map is displayed above.  They are currently tracking 733 groups in the U.S.

The graph at the left shows that the number of groups that they are tracking has decreased steadily since 2018 when there was an all time high in the raw number of groups at 1,020 (3.12/million).  Adjusting for population, the all time high year was 2011 at 3.18 groups per million.  These 2 peaks occurred during the first years of the Obama and Trump presidencies.  They did not track the numbers in 2005 and 2006.

The table at the bottom of this post shows the current number of hate groups for each state, their populations, population adjusted numbers, their rank, and 2020 rates.  The District of Columbia has had by far the highest population adjusted rates at 24.65 groups per million residents.  Many would argue that these 17 groups are national headquarters these groups and do not organize locally.  While this is true for 9 of these groups (like the Family Research Council), 8 of them have a local presence.  Adjusting these 8 local groups for population the rate is 11.60 which would still be the highest in the U.S.

Focusing on Pennsylvania, the number of total groups has declined to 30 from 36 a year ago.  The most they have ever tracked there was 41 in 2013.  Of the current 30 being tracked, 10 of them have a statewide presence.  The local groups are presented in the map at the right.  The population adjusted rate in 2021 was 2.31/million (ranking 30th in the U.S.) down from 2.81 million last year.  The local group nearest to Johnstown is called Evergreen.  It is a white nationalist group located in Bedford, PA.  It may be a group worth investigating.

The events of January 6, 2021 suggest that these groups still are a threat.  Kicking these groups off of social media platforms makes it harder for them to spread their propaganda but it may also make it harder for them to be tracked by groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti Defamation League to track them.

Row  Labels

Count of 

Hate Groups

Population

Hate Groups 

Per Million

Rank

Hate Groups 

Per Million 2020

Alabama

13

       5,024,279

       2.59

24

4.08

Alaska

1

           733,391

       1.36

46

1.37

Arizona

22

       7,151,502

       3.08

15

3.57

Arkansas

9

       3,011,524

       2.99

16

4.64

California

65

     39,538,223

       1.64

44

1.82

Colorado

18

       5,773,714

       3.12

13

2.95

Connecticut

7

       3,605,944

       1.94

37

1.68

Delaware

4

           989,948

       4.04

6

3.08

District of Columbia

17

           689,545

24.65        

1

26.92

Florida

53

     21,538,187

       2.46

27

3.17

Georgia

24

     10,711,908

       2.24

32

2.73

Hawaii

4

       1,455,271

       2.75

20

2.83

Idaho

6

       1,839,106

       3.26

11

3.92

Illinois

23

     12,812,508

       1.80

38

1.50

Indiana

14

       6,785,528

       2.06

33

2.82

Iowa

2

       3,190,369

       0.63

49

0.95

Kansas

4

       2,937,880

       1.36

47

0.69

Kentucky

9

       4,505,836

       2.00

35

2.91

Louisiana

15

       4,657,757

       3.22

12

3.44

Maine

4

       1,362,359

       2.94

17

2.23

Maryland

11

       6,177,224

       1.78

41

2.48

Massachusetts

14

       7,029,917

       1.99

36

1.74

Michigan

18

     10,077,331

       1.79

39

2.50

Minnesota

9

       5,706,494

       1.58

45

1.95

Mississippi

8

       2,961,279

       2.70

22

3.02

Missouri

17

       6,154,913

       2.76

19

3.10

Montana

4

       1,084,225

       3.69

7

5.61

Nebraska

9

       1,961,504

       4.59

2

4.65

Nevada

9

       3,104,614

       2.90

18

3.90

New Hampshire

6

       1,377,529

       4.36

4

4.41

New Jersey

12

       9,288,994

       1.29

48

1.80

New Mexico

1

       2,117,522

       0.47

51

0.48

New York

35

     20,201,249

       1.73

42

1.90

North Carolina

28

     10,439,388

       2.68

23

2.77

North Dakota

2

           779,094

       2.57

25

1.31

Ohio

20

     11,799,448

       1.69

43

1.80

Oklahoma

9

       3,959,353

       2.27

31

3.03

Oregon

10

       4,237,256

       2.36

28

2.61

Pennsylvania

30

     13,002,700

       2.31

30

2.81

Rhode Island

3

       1,097,379

       2.73

21

1.89

South Carolina

17

       5,118,425

       3.32

10

3.88

South Dakota

4

           886,667

       4.51

3

1.13

Tennessee

28

       6,910,840

       4.05

5

4.98

Texas

52

     29,145,505

       1.78

40

1.86

Utah

2

       3,271,616

       0.61

50

1.25

Vermont

2

          643,077

       3.11

14

1.60

Virginia

20

       8,631,393

       2.32

29

3.87

Washington

19

       7,705,281

       2.47

26

2.89

West Virginia

6

      1,793,716

       3.35

9

2.23

Wisconsin

12

       5,893,718

       2.04

34

2.23

Wyoming

2

           576,851

       3.47

8

1.73

US

733

   331,449,281

       2.21

2.55

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