According to assistant professor of sociology Evelyn J. Patterson, black men tend to live longer while in prison than when they are free.
Using data from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics and Census Bureau, I estimate death rates of working-age prisoners and nonprisoners by sex and race. Incarceration was more detrimental to females in comparison to their male counterparts in the period covered by this study. White male prisoners had higher death rates than white males who were not in prison. Black male prisoners, however, consistently exhibited lower death rates than black male nonprisoners did. Additionally, the findings indicate that while the relative difference in mortality levels of white and black males was quite high outside of prison, it essentially disappeared in prison.
Patterson attributes this discrepancy to a lack of health care, for blacks, outside of prison. While the MSM predictably attributes health care disparities to racism and its various manifestations. The New York Times claims that this situation is being addressed…
… efforts by the federal government to address racial disparities, such as the NIH Office of Research on Minority Health and HHS programs, which are “spearheading” efforts to study sickle cell disease, a condition primarily affecting blacks. Furthermore, the Minority Health Initiative, a federal program, will develop a $20 million center to focus on on “correcting health disparities among minorities.”
Naturally, pro-black organizations claim that such efforts and expenditures are not enough. According to the Minority Health Institute, “There’s still a lot of bias, and the people who need it the most don’t get into the system. We’re still weighted down by the impact of slavery“.
Since we’re discussing the Minority Health Institute, let us take a look at one of the documents from their website:
It turns out that the leading cause of death, among black men between the ages of 18 and 34, is homicide.
In light of the above, is it not reasonable to surmise that higher levels of violence, among young black men, contributes to their lower life expectancy outside of prison? I would also ask Evelyn Patterson how this fits in with her statement that disparities in health care access are mainly to blame. One would think that she would have mentioned homicide as a factor. Instead, she is quoted as follows:
“The death rates of the other groups analyzed suggest that prison is an unhealthy environment. Yet prison appears to be a healthier place than the typical environment of the non-incarcerated black male population,” Patterson said. “I believe these findings indicate that a lack of basic health care may be implicated in the death rates of black males not incarcerated.”
Perhaps Patterson considers being shot by another black a “lack of health care”. Why not? After all, the Minority Health Institute considers it an “impact of slavery”.
An uncomfortable fact, that Patterson does not mention, is that most animals survive longer in captivity than in the wild. For animals, the wild is a dangerous place. For most blacks, who live amongst other blacks, the wild is also a dangerous place. Some animals seem to have shorter life expectancies while in captivity. Elephants may be one example (at least in Europe). Orcas may be another. Not surprisingly, animals that have few natural enemies in the wild tend to gain the least from captivity. As for predators like the big cats, their natural enemies are others of their own kind, at least among males.
Lions live for ten to fourteen years in the wild, while in captivity they can live longer than twenty years. In the wild, males seldom live longer than ten years, as injuries sustained from continual fighting with rival males greatly reduce their longevity.
Like elephants and orcas, whites and Asians* have few natural enemies in the wild. In prison, they are forced to be in the company of blacks and Hispanics. Naturally, this is not good for their life expectancy. While prison is a controlled environment, this is so only to a certain extent. It is not controlled enough to entirely protect whites and Asians, but it is controlled enough to mitigate the danger blacks pose to each other. Black males are more like lions in this regard; they have little to fear from other races but much to fear from their own.
* Patterson’s study did not, as far as I know, include Asians. Still, I think it is safe to assume that the usual pattern of Asian-white-Hispanic-black would apply here.