It’s Killing Them, Part II: Middle-Aged White Americans Are Dying More Than They Should Be
November 5, 2015
We invest our life force into many different avenues and streams and when there is a loss in that stream sometimes we lose our life. The life force of the white supremacist ideology in America has been shattered and now we see middle-aged white Americans, who have traditional held power under a belief in white supremacy, dying at increasing rates.
A study, co-authored by Anne Case and Angus Deaton, analyzed death rates for men and women aged 45 to 54 in the United States, a range often categorized as “middle-age.” The duo, both economics professors at Princeton, then compared the data to those death rates found within other domestic racial categories and those seen in similarly wealthy nations.
Those with less education were also more likely to die in middle age due to suicide or alcohol and drug poisoning, the authors note. The study links the increase in mortality to a slew of problematic issues seen throughout American society, including an increase in drug and alcohol abuse and an increase in suicide rates and white men had the highest suicide rate of any demographic in 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
What an ironic turn of events. For over thirty years the U. S Department of Health and Human Services has overseen a Task Force on Black and Minority Health and in its periodic reports, it has consistently documents the fact that there is a “…continuing disparity in the burden of death and illness experienced by Blacks and other minority Americans as compared with our nation’s population as a whole.” In stark terms, African Americans get sicker easier, stay sick longer and die sooner than whites. Laura Meckler, a writer for Associated Press summarizing research by the United States Department of Health and Human Services notes that “Asthma, hypertension, cancer. Name the disease, and chances are black people face a higher risk. They’re nearly twice as likely to die of a stroke than white people, 40 percent more likely to die of heart disease. Cancer death rates are 35 percent higher among black people.” Other disparities include: Life expectancy, AIDS, Prostate Cancer, Breast Cancer, Infant mortality, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Lack of insurance, more than any other demographic or economic barrier, negatively affects the quality of health care received by minority populations. Racial and ethnic minorities are significantly less likely than the rest of the population to have health insurance. They constitute about one-third of the U.S. population, but make up more than half of the 50 million people who are uninsured.
Now we see why some Americans were so vehemently opposed to Obamacare. We are a big segment of the uninsured and something that would save our lives is not something that many could support.
It reminds me of the dialogue that Prophet Abraham had with a Pharaoh, who had been used to people submitting to his power and worshipping him as a divine figure. When Abraham attacked the logic of that practice, he introduced his Lord as the giver of life and death. Pharaoh then boasted that he too had the power over life and death. And he did in his own narrow mind and in his own narrow province of the material world. But as Abraham responded: “…But it is Allah (G-d) that causeth the sun to rise from the east: Do thou then cause him to rise from the West.” Holy Qur’an, 2:258. That confused the Pharaoh because he had not seen the limitation of his power. Now he sees that there is a bigger power that controls both his life and the material world that sustains it. And faced with that reality many middle aged whites, I imagine just opt out and kill themselves.
But they are not going out without a fight. In what some have described as the ultimate betrayal Fox Lake, Illinois, police Lt. Joe Gliniewicz, initially hailed as a hero killed in the line of duty, after being found shot to death, was discovered to have been stealing and laundering money from a police department program, and his death determined to be a staged suicide.
He initially sought to set up a fictitious trio of offenders by radioing in a call that he was pursuing three armed suspects, one black and two whites. A region wide manhunt was undertaken and it was just the grace of G-d that no innocent victims were apprehended. He was willing to sacrifice three innocent people to hide the fact that he himself was the criminal. He had to throw a black man into the suspect pool to make it plausible, but he couldn’t make all three of them black because that would not been likely at all in Fox Lake, Illinois. They would have been arrested early in the day, just for being there.
You can’t disrespect the life of another of G-d’s creatures without diminishing your own. And once your life is diminished to a certain point some feel that they might as well give it up.