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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Changing The Conversation With #IAmAStatistic

From left: Neil Osborne, Max Tilus, Tyler Holness and Jack McGoldrick, seen here at WBUR, are behind "Statistic" -- to change the conversation about African-American men. (Robin Lubbock/Here & Now)

From left: Neil Osborne, Max Tilus, Tyler Holness and Jack McGoldrick, seen here at WBUR, are behind “Statistic” — to change the conversation about African-American men. (Robin Lubbock/Here & Now)

Over the past few months, a light has been shined on the African-American man’s experience, especially in relation to law enforcement.

Throughout the conversation, much attention has been given to statistics: how many African-American men go to jail, graduate high school and go to college.

Many of these statistics reflect African-American men’s experiences in a negative light, but what if the statistics focused on their positive accomplishments?

That is the mission of a new ad campaign by the Massachusetts-based Mystic Valley Area Branch of the NAACP called “Statistic.”

Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks with the men behind the campaign NAACP branch president Neil Osborne, Jack McGoldrick of McGoldrick Marketing, and two of the students involved in #IAmAStatistic.

Guests

  • Max Tilus, senior at Medford High School
  • Tyler Holness, freshman at Medford High School
  • Neil Osborne, President of the Mystic Valley Area Branch of the NAACP
  • Jack McGoldrick, president of McGoldrick Marketing

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