See, data is meaningless only if we are expecting objective truth from it without factoring in our perceptions and assumptions and getting past those with our creativity. What I mean by creativity in this context is the process of asking questions and experimenting. Creativity allows us to take the data we have, question our starting assumptions about what the data is telling us, and experiment until we make something useful out of it. The title of this article is about not being data driven, with “driven” being the key word.
Every story about pain will be flawed if it is complex. We do not have equal power to abuse, nor to alleviate abuse. Privilege will most often try to maintain power. That shifts when people don’t like what they see in the mirror. Change is often selfish and successful abolition movements have always included people in a range of social positions. Of course, stories from those who’ve experienced abuse should be enough, and they’re not.