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New CDC Study Reveals Life Expectancy Among Black Males is Directly Affected by Homicide

Sahar D. Sattarzadeh

"'We expected heart disease and cancer, those are still the main focus, but what’s interesting is when you look at the graph for males, you see how important homicide is for directly affecting life expectancy for African-Americans,' says Kenneth D. Kochanek, lead author of the report and statistician with the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics."

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  • Liz Dwyer

    Reminds me of how other day my husband mentioned to me that he's still surprised that his three best friends from his childhood--all black males--are still alive. He says they threw parties when they turned 25, and now that they've all crossed the 40-years-old hump, they're very aware that they're beating the statistics.

    • Sahar D. Sattarzadeh

      My apologies, Liz. I only realized TODAY that my negligent reply completely disregarded the content you were sharing in your post. I'm truly sorry, as I had NO intention of ignoring what you were sharing. I must have been out of it! :-/

      Thank you for sharing your personal memory of your husband's self-awareness. I think it's truly a challenging, yet necessary time for us to adopt a humble posture of learning when we realize that societally-marginalized/vulnerable members of our human family are far more susceptible to conditions/events that NONE of us should be experiencing.

      Your comment also reminds me of the disturbing statistics we hear about in Indian country, particularly within poorer communities such as the Oglala Lakota on the Pine Ridge Reservation ( that reveal how deeply interconnected (and even contentious) economic, social, political and cultural spheres of our societies truly are.

      We need to stop being ignorant in thinking that these statistics do not detrimentally affect ALL of us . . . Hopefully, one day, soon, it won't have to be about "beating the statistics," but rather, about putting them to rest once and for all . . .

  • Sahar D. Sattarzadeh

    Word (this quote is even better):

    "We have to look at [violence and homicide] like a disease," says Dr. Robert Gore, emergency medical physician at Kings County-SUNY Downstate Hospitals and executive director of KAVI — the Kings Against Violence Initiative in Brooklyn. "There are over 700,000 reported violent acts per year involving U.S. youth presenting to our hospitals. We have to stop looking at violence as a purely social problem."