weekly blog--one for the ages
A day early for the weekly blog.
A recent article in the NY Times focused on how deeply racism is embedded in our daily lives, and how it affects life expectancies between Black and white people. In 2018, Black people died at higher age-adjusted rates than white people from nine of the top 15 causes of death. If Black people had died at the same age-adjusted rate as white people in 2018, they would have avoided 65,000 premature, excess deaths.
Perceptions of health in the US depends on who you are. A 2011 survey found that only 55 percent of white people knew about inequalities in Black and white health, compared with 89 percent of Black people. When confronted with disparities in Black health, Americans have been slow to acknowledge that those inequalities are “not a Negro affair, but an index of social condition,” wrote W.E.B. Du Bois, a pioneering sociologist, in 1906.