Here’s U. of Toronto press release the Newsweek article was based on:
Perceived loss of social status linked to rising mortality rate among white Americans
November 25, 2019 , University of Toronto
A new study led by University of Toronto public health researchers suggests rising short-term mortality rates among white Americans “seems driven principally by anxiety among whites about losing social status,” even though there is no evidence that they are in fact worse off.
“This is a startling finding,” said Arjumand Siddiqi, an associate professor of epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and lead author of the study.
“For perhaps the first time, we’re suggesting that a widespread population health phenomenon can’t be explained by actual social or economic status disadvantage, but instead is driven by a perceived threat to status.”
Black mortality rates have been higher than white mortality rates in the United States since the beginning of the country’s history. However, since 1999, the mortality fortunes of working-age whites have undergone a reversal while Black mortality rates—like mortality rates of all other groups and all high-income countries of Europe and North America—continue to fall.
The paper, titled “Growing sense of social status threat and concomitant deaths of despair among whites,” is published in the December 2019 edition of Population Health, and examined administrative mortality and social survey data from 2000 to 2016. …
“The anxiety of whites is coming from a misperception that their dominant status in society is being threatened, which is manifesting in multiple forms of psychological and physiological stress,” said Siddiqi, who also holds an academic appointment at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
As we all know, disabled ex-coalminers in Kentucky have White Privilege, unlike Arjumand Siddiqi who has dual appointments at the U. of Toronto and the U. of North Carolina.
These psychological and physiological stressors are resulting in more “deaths of despair”—due to alcohol consumption, opioid use, drug overdose and suicide—and, to a lesser extent, rising chronic disease, including hypertension and obesity, according to the study. This widespread decline in health status is actually consistent with—and may even reinforce—a despair-based explanation for worsening white health, explains Siddiqi.
“Status is a major predictor of health so our team hypothesized that it was a perception among whites that Blacks are economically catching up to them, when, in fact, income inequality and other socioeconomic factors continue to affect Black Americans more unfavorably,” said Siddiqi.
Whatever you do, don’t ask about the status in North America of people with names like Siddiqi. This is a Black and white question, not one with any shades of brown involved, not at all.
Another important finding uncovered by Siddiqi and her research team is the association between rising white mortality and a growing share of Republican voters. From 2000—when white mortality started to rise—to 2016, their country-level calculations suggests there was an increase in the proportion of Republican voters.
Can you imagine the gall of white people who vote for a protest candidate to protest their neighbors dying of despair?
Anyway, like I’ve been saying for years, the White Death of the 21st Century is pretty reminiscent of American Indians and of Russians in the 1990s: defeated peoples.[Comment at Unz.com]