Media Says Black Women Country’s Most Educated Group, Even Though It’s Not True

Look out, white male oppressors: Black women are now the most educated group in the country!

At least, that’s the surprising narrative being touted on Salon, The Root and a host of other news sites over the past week. Almost out of nowhere, they say, black women have blown past whites and Asians to become the most educated demographic group in America.

But the narrative is false, a fiction created entirely from a mangling of U.S. census data and an inability to read simple charts.

“By both race and gender there is a higher percentage of black women (9.7 percent) enrolled in college than any other group including Asian women (8.7 percent), white women (7.1 percent) and white men (6.1 percent), according to the 2011 U.S. Census Bureau,” Salon says in its write-up.

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