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Most Important Racial Gap Closing, Not Growing

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Hispanic man blowing out candles on birthday cake with family

Recent figures on life expectancy bring good news for all those who care about racial justice and equal opportunity. A hundred years ago white people averaged fifteen more years of life than black people in the United States – an appalling gap that reflected oppression and poverty among African-Americans. More recently, life expectancy has improved across the board but it’s gone up much faster among black people. Now, the gap has gone down to just three years – its lowest level ever. This reflects the much smaller number of African Americans who drop out of school and become victims of drugs and homicide than in previous decades.

Amazingly, the one ethnic group in the population that lives the longest is Hispanics – with a nearly three-year advantage over white Anglos.  Leftists who complain endlessly about “white privilege” should consider that people of color in America have been enjoying the ultimate privilege – more years of living for themselves and their families.

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  1. Rick  •  May 12, 2016 at 12:52 am

    Constant talk about "white privilege" is just anti-white racism. Do whites have the highest incomes in this country? No, Indian people do. And I am sure Asians in general and Jewish people also have higher incomes than "white" people. Is the white incarceration rate lower than the Asian incarceration rate? No. And who is more likely to have a college degree in this country, "white" or Asian. Yes, Asians are far more likely to have a bachelors degree. And as Michael points out here and on his show – Hispanics and Asians live longer than white people. So if you want to be fair and actually care about "social justice," you should be talking about "non-black privilege" rather than "white privilege." But of course, that wouldn't be very useful for attacking "white" people.

  2. John D. Fiat  •  May 15, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    Wait a second, Michael! You actually believe that oppression is why black people don't (or didn't) live as long? Well, then again, this doesn't surprised me, as I've heard you making the "slavery excuse" (without being embarrassed about it) for the black's place in society. How many years will it take to put that crutch away? A million?

  3. Dottie  •  May 27, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    I think Obamacare just may have had some effect on that improvement as well

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