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White Working Class Mortality Rate Rises


By Hunter Wallace

In spite of all the focus on black crime, it is clear that suicide and drug abuse – driven by sheer pain, misery, anguish – are taking a far greater toll on White America than interracial homicide:

“Something startling is happening to middle-aged white Americans. Unlike every other age group, unlike every other racial and ethnic group, unlike their counterparts in other rich countries, death rates in this group have been rising, not falling.

That finding was reported Monday by two Princeton economists, Angus Deaton, who last month won the 2015 Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences, and Anne Case. Analyzing health and mortality data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and from other sources, they concluded that rising annual death rates among this group are being driven not by the big killers like heart disease and diabetes but by an epidemic of suicides and afflictions stemming from substance abuse: alcoholic liver disease and overdoses of heroin and prescription opioids.

The analysis by Dr. Deaton and Dr. Case may offer the most rigorous evidence to date of both the causes and implications of a development that has been puzzling demographers in recent years: the declining health and fortunes of poorly educated American whites …

The least educated also had the most financial distress, Dr. Meara and Dr. Skinner noted in their commentary. In the period examined by Dr. Deaton and Dr. Case, the inflation adjusted income for households headed by a high school graduate fell by 19 percent.”

The sheer number of suicides and people dying from drug abuse among working class middle-aged Whites is enough to change the mortality rate for the entire White population as a whole.