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jeff weir

It would have been good if they had a second graph that normalised this data...then we could easily compare the trends.

James Pearce

Yes the initial data labels could even replace the current y-labels altogether. Might be aesthetically stronger.

I find the series labels are odd:

"White male" and "Black female" labels are closer to the "Black male" line than their own, and the "Black female" pointer seems to land at a point between two possible lines - why choose to do that at a part of the graph where two lines are so close?

I wonder if there is any way we could have graphically learned about the relative populations of these demographics. For instance, I note that the decade-long "black male" trough had no obvious impact on the overall average (or indeed correlation with the other 3 lines).

*That* appears to be the most interesting story in here: what happened for black males after 1984 that suddenly changed in 1997?

Barbara Alexandre

Very fascinating topic been a Black female myself I very interesting in finding more about the subject

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