replies to Rakesh, Wojtek, Charles, Chris Anarchism/Marxism debates

Charles Brown CharlesB at SPAMCNCL.ci.detroit.mi.us
Wed Aug 25 08:20:27 MDT 1999



Note that from 1900 to 1980  the gap drops steadily between white and black life
expectancy in the first column. But from 1980 to 1996 the period of  Reaganism and the
New Racism, the gap goes back up a bit. A main aim of  Reaganism was to stop the
steady march to equality that the Black freedom movement had made against Jim Crow.
That march was on course for equity in life expectancy in approximately the year 2000
if I estimate the curves of the stats below correctly.

The gap in general is one of the heaviest pieces of evidence that "racism do exist ".
Year after year in almost all demographic and other indicators of the quantity and
quality of life, mortality and morbidity, there is a gap between white and black. This
is material evidence, empirical evidence, factual support for Black liberation theory,
far from unfounded claims of being victimizatized by white supremacy (as the whole
Reaganite line goes).

I bet they don't keep life expectancy stats by class, huh ? That might beget a
revolution.

Charles Brown


>>> Doug Henwood <dhenwood at panix.com> 08/24/99 06:52PM >>>
LIFE EXPECTANCY BY AGE
(female/male)

                      birth      age 20      age 40       age 70
1850               40.5/38.3   40.2/40.1   29.8/27.9   11.3/10.2 (Mass. only)
1900
   white            51.1/48.2   43.8/42.2   29.2/27.7     9.6/9.0
   "negro & other"  35.0/32.5   36.9/35.1   24.4/23.1     9.6/8.3


1950
   white            72.0/66.3   54.6/49.5   35.6/31.2   10.1/11.7
   "negro & other"  62.7/58.9   46.8/43.7   29.8/27.3   12.3/10.7

1970
   white            75.6/68.0   57.4/50.3   38.3/31.9   13.6/10.5
   "negro & other"  69.4/61.3   52.2/44.7   34.2/28.6   13.7/11.2

                      birth      age 20       age 40      age 65
1980
   total            77.6/70.1   59.0/51.9   39.8/33.6   18.4/14.2
   white            78.2/70.8   59.4/52.5   40.2/34.0   18.6/14.3
   black            74.2/66.1   54.9/46.4   36.3/29.5   17.1/13.3
1996
   total            79.0/73.0   59.9/54.2   40.7/35.9   18.9/15.7
   white            79.6/73.8   60.4/54.8   41.0/36.3   19.0/15.8
   black            74.2/66.1   55.7/48.0   37.0/31.0   17.2/13.9











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