Black men die by 65 at quadruple U.S rate
Research team member James S. Jackson, a University of Michigan psychologist, called the education effect on longevity “startling.”
“These are not small differences. These are not accidental differences,” he said. “Is there something about education that you can bottle, turn into a drug, and inject everybody with? And why isn’t it as protective for African Americans as it is for non-Hispanic Whites?”
The benefit of education for Black males stops at 12 years, he said, and one theory is that young Black men in school are safer than they are on the streets. But these men are clearly not beneficiaries of the new longevity: About 40 percent of the least-educated Black males who make it to age 25 will die before they are 65, the study found, as will 22 percent of the most-educated.
For all other groups, the chances of dying by age 65 are only 10 percent. The Final Call...