Begin by selecting a topic. Your initial topic can be broad (e.g., discrimination, employment, medicine). We will narrow it soon.
Next, find an interesting statistic on your topic. Try a Google search for:
YourTopic statistics site:.gov
cancer statistics site:.gov
This search will give you authoritative statistics from government sources. The government keeps statistics on an incredible variety of topics - even some that you would never expect.
Find a statistic that interests you.
I have had two African American friends and colleagues who passed away from cancer, so I was interested to see this statistic from the National Cancer Institute:
"For all cancers combined, the death rate is 25 percent higher for African Americans/Blacks than for Whites."
Next, dig deeper and explore the raw data.
Table 1. Overall Cancer Incidence and Death Rates