“People are using the data to mystify the solutions when we know what the solutions are. This is where data has served a purpose, but there’s an important tipping point that we have passed, and now it is just contributing to a deficit narrative where Black women need to be saved. White people are like, ‘How can we save Black women?’ And that’s not the solution that we need the data to produce.”
This interview with author and journalist Kimberly Seals Allers touches on deficit narratives, health disparities, and her new app Irth. Irth appears in “The Power Chapter” of Data Feminism, however it should be noted that Seals Allers’ voice reappears regularly throughout the book.