The racial divide in longevity

Alas, this is dog-bites-man non-news but who wants to live to 100 anyway?

The rise in centenarians in the US is a good thing for many. But the realm of super-aging isn’t open to all.

(Author Bill Kole was once AP’s bureau chief in Vienna and I covered some tournaments for him circa 2002.)

One thought on “The racial divide in longevity

  1. There probably is a real problem here, but the article isn’t very good. It says “In the United States, only 2 in 10 centenarians are people of color. If that doesn’t bother you, it should.” But Wikipedia tells me that the US population in 1920 (when those centenarians were born) was 90% white, so the fact that 20% of centenarians are counted as non-white is twice what one would naively expect. Perhaps half of those non-white centenarians are immigrants?

    Let’s also point out that the article doesn’t mention the well-known fact that women tend to live longer than men. Google tells me that only 1.5 in 10 centenarians are men, but somehow the article manages to avoid mentioning that at all (to my very quick search).

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