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The inequality of violent death (Part 2)

joe rojas-burke

Injuries and violence kill more young people in the U.S. than any other cause of death. The burden of these deaths varies enormously by race, ethnicity and social class. Deaths by homicide, for instance, are more than eight times more prevalent among blacks than among whites, and homicide deaths are three times more common among American Indians and Alaskan Natives than among whites between the ages of 1 to 30 years old.

The figure below shows age-adjusted suicide and homicide rates in that age bracket by race and ethnic origin in the year 2010. The unit of measure is the number of deaths by suicide or homicide per 100,000 members of each population:

Age-adjusted suicide and homicide rates in the USA by race and ethnic origin, 2010. Source: Prevention of injury and violence in the USA, by Tamara M. Haegerich and others, The Lancet (2014)

The unequal burden stands out heart-breakingly clear in life expectancy numbers. Homicide takes two full years off the…

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January 21, 2015 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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