I want to give props to Professor Rick Rosenfeld. Professor Rosenfeld, you may remember, was the author of a report that questioned the empirical veracity of the alleged Ferguson Effect. That report was used by the policy committee of the ASC to justify marshaling resources against Heather MacDonald--the conservative writer who has argued in favor the Ferguson effect.
In a recent interview, however, Professor Rosenfeld stated that, on further review, the data showed some support for the effect. Props, props, props.
To be clear, I’m not saying this because I agree with his views. Instead, I believe it is critically important for scholars to CHANGE THEIR MINDS when the data show earlier conclusions were wrong or were not clearly understood. Many scholars are simply afraid to show the intellectual struggle that occurs when serious minds attempt to tackle, in an honest way, complex problems.
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John Paul Wright and Matt DeLisi
Professors of Crime and Criminology