Just listened to part of a show on NPR where they brought up figures claiming that over the last 5 years, 175 trans people had been murdered. Now, no one should be a victim of violence, but there was no attempt to put that figure into any kind of context. The FBI states that the overall number of homicides in the U.S. was 22,000 in 2020 and 22,900 in 2021. I added up the numbers over the last five years, and if you take those 175, they account for 0.18% of the total number of homicides, which is not exactly an epidemic, especially considering the increase in numbers of people claiming to be some variety of trans.
Of course, they did mention that the homicides were disproportionately that of black trans women, who we know tend to be disproportionately involved in the dangerous job of prostitution. So the real story is that it's dangerous to be a prostitute in communities where the homicide rate is already high. But that's not the story NPR wants to tell. NPR wants to sell us the narrative that there's some massive wave of violence directed at trans people, when, statistically, there isn't.
Credit: I watched some of the Peter Boghossian series where he analyzed how NPR frames stories in incredibly biased ways.