@Background Pony #7E8D
You will often find that activists of whatever kind they happen to be do this. They take a term and expand its meaning, making a problem sound much larger than it actually is to get attention and power.
In America nowadays it's the left and their antics that I pay the most attention to. Racism is their current power project. BLM and their critical race theories are parts of it, they are aiming to create a panic over the fact that everything is racist, thus gaining power. Anything or anyone standing in their way will be labeled "racist". It is very hard to speak up against this, you are just another bigoted racist defending your privilige no?
Political correctness is also another powerful tool used by the left. Using this they can spread their message in the media and entertainment industry. They get access. The media industry doesn't want to be seen as racist so they willingly play along. A public narrative is formed. Accurate or not it becomes the truth in the eye of the public, even spreading to the highest levels of government. They use these tools to label and silence any sort of opposition or group they don't like. White people as a group for instance still holds some sway in the US. A great target for propaganda. Label them as racists and you get power and concessions. Very effective. An example is the BLM leader with five houses, one in the Bahamas and one with a runway. #justice or #grifter?
An anecdote at the end of the rant: remember a few years ago when we got reports that something like 8/10 women in american colleges had been raped? I was horrified. How could this be possible? Almost all the women on campus had been raped!
As an unenlightened novice I had fallen for the left's tactics, this time it was the feminists bringing forth the shocking statistics. Turns out they had redefined and expanded the definition of the word "rape". It no longer just meant sexual assault on someone under threat, by force or incapaction. It meant every uncomfortable interaction a woman had with a man. An argument. A man staring at a bus stop. A bad pickup line. An offensive joke and there was even some other nonsense I cant recall, now defined as "rape".
Lesson learned. Every time I hear such over the top claims now I look into them and see if there's truth to them. Statistics and definitions can be manipulated and activists on both the left and the right can do this. Currently the left are in my opinion the worst offenders in the US.
Be skeptical. Where are their numbers coming from? A neutral reliable source or something like the Southern Poverty Law Center? Media covers a story where someone black was allegedly murdered by police? Wait for the bodycam footage, it usually tells a different story.