[Marxism] "What kind of card is race?"

David McDonald dbmcdonald at comcast.net
Tue Apr 25 08:05:05 MDT 2006

The following is not clear to me:

The ratio of Black to white infant mortality grew by 25% 1980 to 2000.
The percent of African American babies dying before the age of 1 year
has grown steadily since the late 1940s, falling briefly in the late
1960s and early 1970s, but overall climbing from about 1.6:1 in 1948 to
about 2.5:1 in 2001.

You say "percent" of A-A babies deaths has grown but then you say it
climbed, giving figures as ratios, not percentages. Did both happen, i.e.
larger %age of A-A babies dying since 1940's AND an increased ratio of A-A
to white deaths <age 1?

The number of A-A deaths per 1000 before age 1 increasing steadily since the
late 40's is news to me. Wasn't it more difficult, for example, for Black
people to get treatment in hospitals in 1940 than it is now? How about in
the South? How is this statistic derived?

David McDonald

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