Doonesbury Stole My Opium…Idea
I want to add, however, that according to a Washington Post analysis:
“[W]hite American men without a college degree still earn 36 percent more than their black counterparts. But the death rate among less-educated black Americans has actually been decreasing. In recent years, the two groups have converged — they are dying at about the same rate — even though white Americans still earn more.”
So…when white Americans are dying at a similar rate as black Americans, there’s an “epidemic”? What is the black American death rate called – benign?
Increasing death rates are always concerning, but I think it speaks to a greater social failure to provide a comprehensive safety net, as other western democratic societies have done.