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A few weeks ago, there was an extensive debate which occurred online over black men being falsely accused of crime, particularly rape. Some are under the mistaken impression that the number of false accusations are so low that they are not worth mentioning without the risk of insulting those who make legitimate allegations. Clearly, those who are inclined to believe such a thing are a) not familiar with the large numbers of black men who are in prison for crimes they did not commit and b) have never endured the stigma, trauma and humiliation of being falsely accused themselves.
So, to dig into this issue, I reached out to a real criminologist who understands these issues better than the rest of us. She doesn’t rely solely on emotion to make her point, but has actually spent years studying these issues. She isn’t using talking points for a political agenda to promote bogus scientific research, but has instead spent many years immersed in rigorous academic literature on this important topic