7/6/18

Black Women Are Dying More Than You Know


move over, suicidal white males and unarmed black youth ages 14-24-african american women are presently dying faster than any other group within the united states. the reports and recent articles on the subject are heartbreaking and certainly in no way meant to pull focus from the other groups, aforementioned. but consider this: black women are three times more likely to die while giving birth than any other race. a staggering number to say the least. 

in addition to the high rates of death for black women giving birth, there's also diabetes, obesity and heart-related issues which contribute to such high mortality numbers. in an "atlantic" article, olga khazan writes, "across the united states, black people suffer disproportionately from some of the most devastating health problems, from cancer deaths and diabetes to maternal mortality and preterm births. although the racial disparity in early death has narrowed in recent decades, black people have the life expectancy, nationwide, that white people had in the 1980s—about three years shorter than the current white life expectancy. african americans face a greater risk of death at practically every stage of life."

black women seldom receive top-notch hospital/doctor healthcare. they pass during pregnancy for a variety of medical reasons. some of these reasons would not exist if the patients received better attention and care. blood loss, improper pain relief dosing, &c...

it's seemingly all too easy these days for bigot sexists to slam maxine waters. oprah winfrey and other strong, successful black women. being the country is run on racism and closed mindedness, such pig-headed ideology has not only become acceptable, it's often encouraged. remember, if one slips a fist to the face of a protester at a trump rally, he'll cover the legal costs. and despite the extreme death tolls for african-american women, nothing is more important right now than confusing and abusing families seeking asylum, meeting with murdering leaders around the world; and keeping the corruption wheel spinning.

roe v wade will never be overturned because too many politicians' mistresses get pregnant. besides, if somehow given to state rule, one might only imagine how many more black women would pass away due to botched, or "do-it-yourself" abortions. is that what it would take for society to realize how many brown women die in this country? trump doesn't care about refugees' health, and pretends to care about his own citizens', yet knows very little. he eats cheeseburgers in bed. the past few presidents have, themselves, kept active while their first ladies promoted eating healthier and exercise. trump plays golf and opens diet coke cans.

america will tell you to join a gym, then suggest big is beautiful and to be yourself. but which is it? some actresses are told to get rail thin, others asked to stay big. who tells the obese african-american female to exercise? and why would she? where and what are the incentives when better health isn't quite enough? how exactly can one eat healthier when such organic foods and good produce cost way more than what the local dollar store and fast food joint have to offer. 

who, other than themselves, is looking out for this group? this group whose children are subject to constant racial profiling while their male partners face incarceration. americans. worthy of any and all of society's attention. alas, seeing how puerto rico is still waiting for support and electricity in most areas, unless there's money to be had in figuring out how to best improve and prolong the lives of women who empower their communities, it will certainly take some time.  



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