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Dying While Black. Black Health Status Vernellia Randall, JD Professor School of Law The University of Dayton Feb. 23, 2011. 2008 World Health Organization and 2008 Health, United States. Life Expectancy - Males . Life Expectancy. Females.

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dying while black

Dying While Black

Black Health Status

Vernellia Randall, JD

Professor

School of LawThe University of Dayton

Feb. 23, 2011

Black Health Status Professor Vernellia Randall

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2008 World Health Organization and 2008 Health, United States

Black Health Status Professor Vernellia Randall

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Life Expectancy - Males

Black Health Status Professor Vernellia Randall

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Life Expectancy

Females

2008 World Health Organization and 2008 Health, United States

Black Health Status Professor Vernellia Randall

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2008 World Health Organization and 2008 Health, United States

Black Health Status Professor Vernellia Randall

maternal deaths per 100000 live births
Maternal Deaths per 100000 live births

Black Health Status Professor Vernellia Randall

low birth weight newborns percent
Low Birth Weight Newborns (percent)

Black Health Status Professor Vernellia Randall

distinguishing race from class
Distinguishing Race from Class
  • Is Race an Issue? Control for class by comparing people of the same class but different race
    • Middle Class Blacks have a shorter life expectancy than Middle Class Whites
  • Is Class an Issue? Control for race by comparing people of the same race but different class
    • Poor Blacks have a shorter life expectancy than Middle class Blacks.
  • Raceis a social construction that has biological consequences primarily because of:
    • Social isolation
    • Racism

Black Health Status Professor Vernellia Randall

race not class alone
Race not Class Alone
  • Akron Beacon Journal
    • Low income whites live +3 years longer than low income blacks
    • Middle income whites live +10 years longer than middle income blacks

Statistics from Health, United States 2008

Black Health Status Professor Vernellia Randall

race not class alone1
Race not Class Alone

Low Birth Weight, 2005

BlackWhite

Less than 12 years of education 15.4 7.3

12 years of education 13.9 7.4

13 year or more of Education 12.4 6.5

Blacks with 13 years of education 12.4

Whites less than 12 years 7.3

In short, in the area of low birth weight, low income whites have better rates than middle income blacks. This dynamic is present in many areas of black life.

Statistics from Health, United States 2008

Black Health Status Professor Vernellia Randall

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