Christina Hoff Sommers hates when liberals distort facts about violence against women, because only she is allowed to.

4 Feb

Adding to the (apparently) annual pre-Super Bowl collective conservative whine about how the “Super Bowl Hoax” has made women into permanent feminist-agenda domestic violence exaggerator hysterics, American Enterprise Institute “resident scholar” and Hoax-debunker Christina Hoff Sommers wants us to know that AG Eric Holder is also making shit up about violence against women, damn librul.

“The facts are clear,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. “Intimate partner homicide is the leading cause of death for African-American women ages 15 to 45.”

That’s a horrifying statistic, and it would be a shocking reflection of the state of the black family, and American society generally, if it were true. But it isn’t true.

Here is the speech that Holder made. She quotes him correctly and then checks his statistics with the latest Centers for Disease Control statistics from 2006, which do not place homicide at the top of the list for black females in any of the age groups from 15-45. Holder doesn’t say where he’s getting his statistics from. The Bureau of Justice statistics put intimate partner violence homicides for black females at a total of 337 in 2005. (Less than half of the 789 reported for white females.)

But Hoff Summers does a little editing of her own in her missive about “distorting facts.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Justice Department’s own Bureau of Justice Statistics, the leading causes of death for African-American women between the ages 15-45 are cancer, heart disease, unintentional injuries such as car accidents, and HIV disease. Homicide comes in fifth–and includes murders by strangers.

She is in fact quoting only the statistics for the 25-34  and 35-44 groups in a jumbled order. For the 15-24 group, homicide is the second-leading cause.

Here is the CDC chart:

Why? Maybe because she knows her argument sounds dumb if she goes “it’s the SECOND-LEADING CAUSE” and not the leading cause, because 2nd place is still pretty bad. The CDC report does not distinguish between intimate partner and non-intimate homicides, so the number is still smaller, but she’s obviously trying to make the tired conservative point that domestic violence against women is not as serious as feminists would like everyone to think, because, like, omg, there are so many other worse things going on out there, so it doesn’t count. FEMINISTS SUCK.

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