Thursday, March 1, 2018

Creighton TPUSA chapter hosts Ben Shapiro, who falsely claimed that Jews are hate crime victims as often as LGBTs

1900 people were in attendance. There were two protesters. In 2014, the Southern Poverty Law Center called Shapiro out for minimizing antiLGBT discrimination and excoriated his arithmetic competency for claiming that the number of hate crimes committed against Jews and LGBTs were equivalent.
     Breitbart’s [then] editor-at-large, said that, “[t]his is not a country that discriminates against homosexuals” and that “there is a vastly minute amount of discrimination against gays in this country.” To back up his argument, Shapiro cited the fact that the FBI’s hate crime statistics “show there are about the same number of attacks on Jews in this country as there are homosexuals.”
     Oh, Ben. Ye of little math skills.
     If Shapiro had taken the time to account for the share of the population that the LGBT community makes up, he would have discovered that the community suffers violent hate crimes at rates far higher than other targeted populations. In fact, an analysis by the Southern Poverty Law Center of 15 years of FBI hate crimes data showed that the LGBT community is far more likely than any other minority group in the United States to be victimized by violent hate crime.
      Unlike Shapiro, we did the math. You can see it here.

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