Look beyond bare numbers on racial diversity, Lewis urges

February 3, 2021 The Conversation

Lewis was asked by The Conversation to comment on how numbers and statistics matter when examining institutional racism, the Capitol riot and Black Lives Matter.

"The twisting of data to draw a false equivalency between the assault on the Capitol and BLM protesters offers a stark reminder of how numbers make a consequential contribution to the ways the country understands its history, memory, power, privilege and position," he said.

"Numbers are not in any way a panacea for true inclusion, but they certainly are a necessary first step. Numbers won’t alleviate the need for the hard work of building inclusive environments that actually empower a 'diversity bonus,'" he added.

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