This post starts off by describing and summarizing issues, then delves into listing the actual numbers. (If you just want the hard-core numbers, then feel free to scroll down to "A Look at the Real Numbers.")
And just for knowing, LOCD stands for "leading cause of death."
Note to Europeans: This blog uses "Asian" in the American way, which refers to people from the Pacific and the Far East (like Japan, China, Vietnam, the Philippines, etc). I never refer to Indians, Pakistanis, or Nepalis as "Asian."
Okay, here we go...
Just to be clear: I'm not arguing whether racism exists; it does exist, unfortunately.
My problem is that it doesn't seem to be as a big a problem or as debilitating an obstacle as the mainstream media likes to promote.
So if you imbibe the mainstream media, you might start to think that white cops are one of the most prominent threats to non-white communities, especially to black communities.
You might think that racism in general and the "microaggressions" of white people are debilitating obstacles for the non-white communities.
However, as even the mainstream media admits (although it tries not to discuss it), the top killer for black males between the ages of 15-34 is another black male of the same age group.
This means that despite the Left's mantra of racism in America, a black male would actually be safest if you put him in an all-white neighborhood.
In fact, this statistic implies that if you would put every young black male in a solely white neighborhood, you would immediately halve the death rate of young black males.
And despite the attention spotlighting Black Lives Matter, an organization screaming against the racism (of which there is very little) of white police officers, the actual numbers are as follows:
- 1 in every 65 deaths of a young black male is caused by a police officer
- Around 60 out of every 65 deaths of a young black male is caused by another black male
Hm. 1 versus around 60.
Oh yeah, I would definitely focus on the 1 killer, not the other 60.
Especially since the cop was mostly likely defending himself or someone else, and not killing for revenge or anger or while drunk or high, I would definitely focus on that 1 cop.
Yeah, sure. That totally makes sense.
I can tell that the BLM adherents really care about black lives because they focus on the 1 black life ended by a cop as opposed to the other 60 black lives ended by non-cops.
Yeah, I totally believe that BLM cares about black lives. This totally proves it.
In contrast, the homicide rate for white children in that age group is half that for black children, while the homicide rate for Asian children aged 1-4 ranks as the sixth LOCD for males (2.7% of all deaths) and the fifth LOCD for Asian females (4.1%).
We all might want to analyze the Asian community to see how they manage to protect their little ones from homicide so much better than every one else.
Oh, wait, no. Instead, let's just keep analyzing why they're so good in math! Yeah, that's so much more important than preventing the murder of small children!
Interestingly, if a black male can make it to the age of 45, he's highly unlikely (or not likely at all) to be murdered or to kill himself. In fact, suicide doesn't rank at all for black men over age 45.
Yet that isn't true for other groups.
For example, there is a suicide rate (albeit a low one) for white males aged 45-64 and for Native American & Hispanic males aged 45-54 and for white woman aged 35-64, and for Native American women & Hispanic women aged 35-54.
In contrast, neither homicide nor suicide ranks at all for black females above the age of 45.
So if white males are so privileged, why are they killing themselves more than black males or black females?
Why are they so unhappy and so despairing despite the "privileged" color of their skin and their "privileged" gender?
And did you know that the second leading cause of death for male Native Americans aged 10-34 is suicide. Age 10?! Do you think that might be preventable? Maybe someone should create an organization to deal with that.
I also think that someone should take a look at the high percentage of death by homicide against Native American girls aged 1-4 (15% of all deaths, as high as for black males in that age group). Combine that with suicide as the #1 leading cause of death for teenage Native American girls (almost 40% of all their deaths result from suicide!!!).
But no, let's just fuss about how to refer to Native Americans (by their individual tribe? American-Indians? Native Americans? First Nations? Not Redskins, for sure!). Proper nouns are for sure more important the murdered babies or suicidal girls...
Right, mainstream media?
Let's look at Hispanics:
- The leading cause of death among Hispanic males aged 1-44 is "unintentional injuries."
- The second leading cause of death among Hispanic males aged 14-34 is homicide.
- The third leading cause of death among Hispanic males aged 15-34 is suicide.
WHO exactly is killing and depressing all these Hispanic males?
And are you wondering about the statistics for the much accused privileged white males?
- the leading cause of death for white males aged 1-44 is "unintentional injuries."
- Yet the second leading cause of death for white males aged 10-34 is suicide.
- Homicide is the third leading cause of death for white males aged 15-24.
Who is murdering or depressing these young men? White cops?
It's shocking that homicide and suicide rank above cancer, heart disease, and most illnesses. We hear so much about cancer-prevention and helping children suffering from diseases or disabilities, but the statistics show we should be equally concerned about children of all races and ethnicities either being murdered or murdering themselves.
It seems that America is a nation of misplaced priorities, and it's those misplaced priorities are being set by Leftists and civil rights groups under the guise of being oh-so passionately compassionate and concerned.
In contrast, the second leading cause of death (after unintentional injuries) for white females aged 15-24 is suicide. Homicide comes in far after white males, with it being the 4th leading cause of death for white females aged 1-9 and 15-24, while it's the 5th leading cause of death for white females aged 10-14.
For black females aged 1-34, the leading cause of death is again, "unintentional injuries." (For black females above the age of 35, it's either cancer or heart disease.)
Disturbingly, homicide is the second leading cause of death among black females aged 1-4 and aged 14-24, a more common cause of death than disease, birth defects, or suicide.
As stated above, for Native American females, suicide is the #1 leading cause of death between the ages of 10-19.
- Suicide comprises 30.3% of deaths of Native American girls aged 10-14
- Suicide comprises 39.4% of deaths of Native American girls aged 15-19
Meaning, Native American teenage girls are more likely to die by their own hand than by disease, accidents, or anything else.
Does that bother you at all?
It bothers me.
Yet when do you hear people talking about this?
Then suicide decreases to the 2nd leading cause of death (16%, after unintentional injuries) for Native American females aged 20-24 and then ties for 2nd place with chronic liver disease for Native American females aged 25-34 with 8.7% of deaths resulting from either one. (The ranking of chronic liver disease is unique to Native Americans compared with all the other groups.)
In contrast to the other groups, cancer makes an appearance as a leading cause of death for Hispanic females, which it doesn't for other races or genders. Hispanic females aged 10-14 or 35-44 are most likely to die of cancer, and not than unintentional injuries or anything else. Suicide becomes the second leading cause of death for Hispanic females aged 15-24 and the 3rd leading cause for the ages 10-14 and 25-34.
What does that mean? I don't know.
Furthermore, despite the hype about white privileged males, the above statistics show that young white males are killing themselves as much as or even more than reputedly disadvantaged groups of the same age, like black or Hispanic females.
Why is that? What's going on? And why is no one talking about that either?
The White Guy
And yes, you may also hear that the leading cause of death for a young black male is murder by another young black male. At least they get that priority right.
You will also hear lots of stuff on racism and worry about the self-esteem of teenage girls, their body image, general self-image, depression, rights, and eating disorders.
You will also be under the impression that white males are "privileged" as if they live on Easy Street and can be dismissed or ignored. Even more, media propaganda gives the impression that white males need to make way for less advantaged groups -- like females and all non-white groups (in other words, literally everyone else in the country).
In other words, we don't need to worry about white guys.
But do you ever hear that the second leading cause of death in young white males is themselves?
A Look at the Real Numbers
So for example, if I wanted to look at the lives of American teenagers and how to help them, I would start by looking at the 4 LOCD (leading causes of death) within genders and racial/ethnic groups.
The following is based on a much more extensive breakdown along genders, ages, races & ethnicities, which you can see at this link:
And the initial breakdown looks like this:
LOCD for White Males ages 15-19
LOCD for Hispanic Males ages 15-19
LOCD for Black Males ages 15-19
LOCD for Native Males ages 15-19
LOCD for White Females ages 15-19
LOCD for Hispanic Females ages 15-19
LOCD for Black Females ages 15-19
LOCD for Native Females ages 15-19
(Yes, these 4 are tied for 3rd LOCD.)
4. Kidney disease & Homicide
LOCD for Asian Males ages 15-19
LOCD for Asian Females ages 15-19
Why on earth are young people in one of the best places to live killing themselves?
And because the 2nd and 3rd leading cause of death among white males is suicide and homicide (the same ranking, though not the same percentage, as for the truly underprivileged male Native Americans), I would immediately remove the classification of "privileged."
Unless, of course, you think it is a privilege to hate and despair of yourself and your future so much that you end your own life or you think it's a privilege to be murdered.
I'm also wondering what "unintentional injuries" are?
It's the leading cause or 2nd leading cause of death in all groups.
Does it mean that teenagers are clumsy? Living with irresponsible people? Driving badly or living in areas where people drive badly? Are they swimming irresponsibly? Engaging in daredevil activities? Sports? Eating spoiled food? Accidentally drinking bleach that someone stored in a water bottle?
Let's see what "unintentional injuries" kill teenagers in the USA...
You can read the full article on this subject and see all the graphs here:
Unintentional Killer #1: Vehicles
It was a bit difficult to get details on exactly what kind and how much of "unintentional injuries" kill teenagers, but motor vehicle accidents are the leading death by "unintentional injuries" in this age group. Now, motor vehicle deaths have gone down quite a lot for children and teenagers (perhaps due to safety features and improved medical treatment), but this still remains the highest cause of death for this age group.
Unintentional Killer #2: Poisoning
"Poisoning." It's not what you might think.
The 2012 statistic shows that 85% of "unintentional injury" of teens through "poisoning" is from drug overdose or alcohol poisoning (which I'm assuming means that the alcohol didn't poison them like drinking a bit of hemlock would, but that they drank too much alcohol at one time).
Now, you might think that drug or alcohol overdose is suicide (after all, it's self-inflicted and easily controllable), but it's only considered suicide if the person meant to commit suicide. If he or she only meant to get high or drunk, then the resulting death is an "unintentional injury."
Death by "poisoning" has actually increased in teenagers.
Because so much of it has to do with alcohol or drugs, it's a wholly preventable death.
And since there is no need to drink or take drugs (while there is a need to use motor vehicles), one wonders why teens are engaging in such self-destructive behavior.
I would also look at this "unintentional injury" in conjunction with the suicide rate and wonder why American teenagers are feeling so unhappy and so hopeless.
Unintentional Killer #3: Drowning
Knowing American teens as I do, I can't help wondering how many of these unintentional drowning deaths are alcohol-related.
Unintentional Killer #4: Other
What does this comprise? I'm not sure. Yet it ranks out above unintentional death by fire, suffocation, and other transportation (planes, trains, etc).
I'm also concerned about the ranking of cancer in teenagers. While no one is sure about the exact causes of cancer, there are interesting theories.
Many studies show a correlation between cancer and lifestyle & diet.
Yet newer and more probing theories suggest a correlation between cancer and one's inner world. People who eat themselves up with envy, resentment, bitterness, and hatred (of themselves or others) can find the cancer eating up their own body.
Just off the top of my head, I can think of at least 2 people I knew who died of cancer that seemed to come from rage and helplessness. One repressed her negative feelings, but one admitted not long before she died that she "knew" her illness came from an maddening situation that seemed to have no end or resolution in sight.
Even seemingly cheerful or serene people can repress such emotions while these negative traits eat them up inside without them realizing the existence of these feelings.
And heart disease in such young people? What's going on?
I'm also concerned about death from pregnancy complications.
The percentage of teenage deaths resulting from pregnancy complications are as follows:
- Native American: 3%
- Black: 3%
- Hispanic: 1.1%
- White: 1%
- Asian: Doesn't even make the ranking
I'm assuming most of these girls aren't married and that these are irresponsibly conceived pregnancies.
And I'd look to Asian teens to see what they're doing, to learn why they don't die of pregnancy complications. Maybe discovering that can help the girls in other groups.
What percentage of teen deaths result from murder?:
- Black males: 49.5%
- Hispanic males: 20.2%
- Black females: 17.9%
- Native American males: 14.2%
- White males: 8.6%
- Hispanic females: 8.5%
- Asian males: 6.6%
- White females: 4.9%
- Asian female: 2%
- Native American females: 1.5%
This means that half the time you're looking at a dead teenage black boy, you're looking at a murder.
With Hispanic males and black females, around one out of every 5 or 6 teen deaths is a murder.
Who is killing these kids?
We know that young black men are the prime killers of other young black men, but who is killing all these black females and Native American males?
Do anyone really believe it's white cops or President Trump's rhetoric?
Also, while the percentage of male Native American deaths via murder is high, the percentage for female Native Americans is lowest. But why? Is the reason reassuring or disturbing? For example, is it because Native American teenage girls are killing themselves before anyone else can?
It's all extremely disturbing and I don't understand why it's not being discussed more widely and frequently.
Also, please note that a larger percentage of white male death results from murder than Hispanic, Asian, White, and Native American females and Asian males.
Also, a white teenage male is twice as likely to be killed by a cop than an Asian teenage male.
What a tremendous privilege!
(Question: If white cops are racist, then why are they more likely to kill a white guy than, say, a Chinese guy?)
What percentage of teen deaths result from suicide?:
- Native American females: 39.4%
- Native American males: 33%
- Asian males: 27.3%
- White males: 25.5%
- Asian female: 21.8%
- White females: 18.7%
- Hispanic males: 16.1%
- Hispanic females: 15.7%
- Black females: 9.2%
- Black males: 8.8%
This is so bizarre and disturbing.
This also leaves a lot of questions.
For example, is the percentage of black male suicide the lowest because black teenage boys are happier and more hopeful than everyone else or because other black youth kill them before they can kill themselves?
It also looks like, despite their "privileged" skin color and gender, white males are more deeply unhappy and despairing of themselves than white females, Asian females, Hispanics, and blacks -- some of the very groups generally considered underprivileged and disadvantaged.
Why is that? Why isn't their much-lauded white male privilege working for them?
It's all very disturbing with a lot of unknowns. (Unknown to me, at least. Likely, someone else knows.)
A Look at The Real Problems
As shown above, nearly 40% of Native American teen female deaths result from suicide. (And don't forget that the following cause of death is "unintentional injury," which includes a lot of self-inflicted drug and alcohol overdose.) The suicide rate for preteen Native American females is also whoppingly high at 30% and the homicide ranking for Native American females aged 1-4 is one of the highest (around 15%, the same as for black males aged 1-4).
Yet we don't see anyone blaring: "Native American Girl Lives Matter!" even though I really think that someone needs to tell Native American girls that their lives actually matter a lot because they don't seem to be realizing this on their own.
The Asian male suicide rate is also alarming, especially taking into account that the next Asian male age group of 20-24 ranks suicide as the #1 leading cause of death, making up 34.6% of the deaths in that age group, which is not so different than Native American female teens.
Why is that?
Perhaps we need to approach Asian males on college campuses and hand them a "Your Life Matters" sticker.
Anyway, someone might want to look into that.
But I think none of this information will gain any mileage because it doesn't fit the agenda of the people disseminating the propaganda.
I don't think they care about anyone's lives.
Where's the Rest of the Story?
All the above represent percentage of deaths, but another important indicator is percentage of population. And that's missing from all the above.
For example, if black male teen death was super low, then the fact that half result from murder means something different than if black male teen death in general is very high.
Also, within that abstract and varied category of "unintentional injuries," it matters a lot what percentage of the fatal injuries resulted from motor vehicle accidents caused by the other driver and also what percentage were drug- and alcohol-related.
So the above numbers tell a lot and are very disturbing, but they are far from being the whole story. A lot of information is still missing.
Also, there is a lot of background information missing.
The Influence of Culture
For example, Native Americans endure an exceptional status in America and many live on reservation where they are given the impression of self-governance, yet are really at the mercy of non-Native American bureaucrats. Many reservations endure dismal conditions and offer dismal futures.
Because they're nations living within a nation, they experience differences in lifestyle, identity, and status compared to other American minorities. For example, many tribes attempt some form of self-governance on their reservation. (The strength and success of this attempt varies from place to place.) And there are hundreds of treaties made by the American government with different tribes, which are still considered in force today (even though they've all been violated at least once, usually by the American government).
As another example, the Kickapoo tribe was able to travel back and forth over the Mexican-US border using their official tribal enrollment card instead of an American passport like every other American citizen. In 2011, Pascua Yaqui & Kootenai tribes issued Enhanced Travel Cards that can be used between the Mexican-US border and on US domestic flights. In fact, the Iroquis/Haudenosaunee tribe has their own passport (but this is not honored globally). Many feel like they possess dual citizenship with their tribal nation and the USA and lack trust toward the American government (even as many are reliant of US government programs).
Finally, different tribes don't necessarily like each other, so it's difficult to create "the" best plan for Native Americans as a whole. Just like Native Americans have a history of war and broken treaties with the US government, they also have a history of wars and atrocities between different tribes. To this day, for example, there is animosity between the Lakota Sioux tribe and the Crow tribe.
Other background factors are that some Asian cultures view suicide as the acceptable or even honorable option in certain situations, so that may impact the high suicide rate among Asians.
Those are just 2 examples.
I can think of a lot more questions and possible contraindications and contradictions by looking at the above, but this post is long & convoluted enough as is.
But anyway, it seems to me that people fed by the media will continue to badly misunderstand and misprioritize the real problems in America and will assume that the problems can be solved by shouting slogans, wearing nonsensical symbols, ignoring facts, focusing on their own group while ignoring the hardships of other groups who may be suffering a lot more, protesting against Ben Shapiro speeches, and heaping blame on President Trump & white cops.
Getting Back to Bible Basics
But it's clear that white cops are not a major problem in these issues.
Neither are President Trump's tweets or Ben Shapiro's presence on college campuses.
And black people are not the only people deserving of our care and attention.
So why all the distraction from real problems and their roots?
Also, it seems that racism is not the core of today's worst problems, but self-hatred is, along with a lack of hope or meaning in life, a lack of respect & appreciation for oneself and for others.
It seems that this is a result of an increasingly Godless society, where values such as realizing that everyone (including yourself) is made in God's Image, and that Godly values like compassion, forbearance, humility, perseverance, and emuna are considered naive, superstitious, or inapplicable.
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