Number Of Homicides Versus Number Of "Black Lives Matter" Articles
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Here’s a graph of the number of homicides (blue line, left axis) in the U.S. from 2011 to 2018 (with 2018 projected by Jeff Asher in the NYT) versus the number of articles (red line, right axis) in the New York Times that included the phrase “Black Lives Matter” (2018 projected by simple extrapolation). The 23% increase in homicides from 2014 to 2016 coincided with a massive increase in publicity for the phrase/movement “Black Lives Matter.”

Correlation? Yes.

Causation? Maybe.

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