Life Expectancy of White Women Down, Black Men Up

A new study shows that life expectancy for white women in America has dropped slightly while the lifespan of black American men has risen.

As the New York Times reported:

The life expectancy for non-Hispanic white women in the United States declined by one month — from 81.2 years to 81.1 years — from 2013 to 2014. Though just one month may not seem like much, demographers worry — it’s the first time since the government began keeping records that white women saw their life expectancy decline, according to the report.

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The NCHS report does have some good news: The average life expectancy for non-Hispanic black men increased by about a half year — from 71.8 years to 72.2 in that same time period. Arias says that improvement seems linked to declines in cancer deaths, homicides and heart disease.

The reports confirmed data reported last year which found an “upsurge in suicides and drug overdoses among middle-age whites, among other trends” that caused Princeton University economists Deaton and Case to look more closely at white people.

“Pretty quickly we started falling off our chairs because of what we found,” says Deaton, whose findings were published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The mortality rate among whites ages 45 to 54 had increased by a half-percent a year from 381.5 per 100,000 in 1999 to 415.4 in 2013, the most recent year for which data are available, the researchers found.

The rising mortality rates for white Americans and increased life expectancy for black Americans contradicts the current liberal narrative of “white skin privilege” in the age of Black Lives Matter.

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