Study:  Racism is factor in difference between black and white death rates

March 27, 1998
Racism is an underlying factor in why black men in the United States have an overall death rate which is almost 50 percent higher than that of white men, scientists said Friday. "Racism can be considered the 'missing variable' in research on black-white differences in health," George Davey Smith, professor of social medicine at Bristol University in southwest England, said in a study published in The Lancet medical journal Friday.