Michigan’s Most Disturbing Disparity

Dustin Dwyer, State of Opportunity, August 29, 2012

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Perhaps the most disturbing racial disparity, though, happens right at birth.

In the United States, African American babies are twice as likely to die in their first year as are white babies. In Michigan, it’s even worse—about two and a half times as likely.

For context, say you compare the infant mortality rate for African Americans in Michigan to the national rates for every other country in the world. Using a three-year moving average for Michigan’s rate, we’d be behind every advanced nation, tucked between countries like Malaysia and Syria.

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“This town is really pretty segregated,” says Jamisha Alexander, a social worker for a program in Grand Rapids called Strong Beginnings. The program started about eight years ago when Grand Rapids had the worst black infant mortality rate in the state. Now it’s sixth.

Alexander and her coworkers drive out to the homes of pregnant African American mothers, and follow them until the kids are two.

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Alexander tells me during the car ride that the Strong Beginnings program also doesn’t have income requirements, because poverty doesn’t explain all of the disparity in infant deaths.

“So like let’s say you have a mom who’s 30 years-old, she’s well-educated, she makes good money, she’s African American,” Alexander says. “And then you have the same mom and she’s white, the African American mom will still have a higher chance of infant death.”

It is true that moms with a low-income, or moms who live in troubled neighborhoods are more likely to lose a child. But those differences don’t explain all of the racial disparity.

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Peggy Vander Meulen heads up the Strong Beginnings program. She was one of the first people to try to raise the issue of African American infant mortality in Grand Rapids. She says a lot of people thought the disparity came from a genetic difference.

So studies have looked at immigrants of African descent who came to America. When they first arrived, birth outcomes were about the same as whites.

“But over time their outcomes get worse and worse, you see that it’s not genetic.

So why do African American babies die at twice the rate of white babies in this country? There’s been a lot of scientific effort to try to answer that question, and there is no simple answer.

But a growing number of public health workers believe that racism itself is a major cause of the problem.

Vander Meulen says she has data, charts and 15 years worth of scientific studies that all point to racism as a cause for the higher numbers of infant deaths. But many people still don’t believe it.

“A lot of people even question that racism still exists,” Vander Meulen says. “For many people, the attitude is, ‘Oh, well we took care of that in the sixties. Civil rights happened. We have laws, we have legislation in place.’“

But for the mothers enrolled in Strong Beginnings, there’s no question about whether racism still exists. And there’s no question for Jamisha Alexander.

“Even though I have a job, and I have an education, I have to deal with racism,” Alexander says. “I have to deal with people looking at me a certain way, or not, just not being treated, I guess, fairly. So I can relate to some of that.”

There’s a lot of evidence that this kind of racism causes increased stress for African American mothers, and that the body’s response to chronic stress creates long-term biological change that can affect pregnancy.

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Earlier this month, the Michigan Department of Community Health released a new plan for dealing with the disparity in infant death.

Olga Dazzo, the director of the MDCH, introduced the plan at a news conference in Flint.

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The plan Dazzo presented took a year to put together, and the process involved groups from across the state. The plan has eight main strategies, including things like more progesterone treatments for high risk moms, better sleep positions for babies and eliminating unwanted pregnancies. The eighth strategy on the list is to look at the impact of community, and the experience of racial minorities (for the full version of the plan, click here).

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The MDCH estimates its plan will cost about $11 million. The state has committed to pay only a part of that. Officials hope grants will help pay for the rest.

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  • haroldcrews

    There is another option to maintain parity in regards to infant mortality between white and black infants.  That would be to increase white infant mortality.  Perhaps that is why the NBPP wants to kill ‘cracker’ babies.

    • CoweringCoward

       The reasons for a disparity in Black vs Other infant mortality rates is painfully clear. Bantus have a totally different reproductive strategy, one of flooding the field with low investment offspring, in hopes that enough survive to insure continuance of the species. This primitive reproductive strategy leads to utter ruin for any advanced civilization that allows it to run unabated, or worse, sponsors it. We westerners have a mistaken view of the value of life, all life, and bankrupt ourselves to protect this “Disgenic Tsunami”!

      • Not only a strategy, but blacks do have a higher incidence of  NATURAL (without drugs)  multiple births . Which indicates an evolutionary need for more babies to survive. 

  • CoweringCoward

    Klansmen are allowed into the maternity wards now?

    • Rag Man

      I think you are thinking of the Black Panthers who openly say they want to kill white babies and skin white citiens then nail their bodies to a tree. WHITES don’t make this kind of a threat unless they want 30 years in prison for upsetting one of the chosen people

    • TomIron361

      I tried to join my local Klavern but they sent my application back torn to pieces accompanied by a note that told me they didn’t want extremists like me in their Klavern.

    • TomIron361

      To the moderator.

      One of the worst things about liberals and race hustlers is their complete lack of a sense of humor. There was nothing wrong with what I wrote in response to CoweringCoward here. Let’s not become like our enemies.

      • CoweringCoward

         The “line” is as subtle as it is arbitrary, more than a couple of my seemingly innocuous comments have made for the memory hole as well.

        • TomIron361

          yep…

      • AR shouldn’t be a repository for knock knock jokes.

  • Urban Teacher

    If black infant mortality in the US is due to racism, then it should be lower in African countries that have few whites.

    • MekongDelta69

      Facts. Logic. Facts. Logic. Facts. Logic.
      Don’t bother me with Facts and Logic.

      The miserable state of blacks is OUR ‘racist’ fault.
      Africa is OUR ‘racist’ fault.
      EVERYTHING is OUR ‘racist’ fault.
      The Leaning Tower of Pisa leans because it’s OUR ‘racist’ fault.

      Got it?

      Don’t you have a Diversity and Tolerance, Brainwashing, Indoctrination and Re-education Class to get to?

      •  It’s funny IF White Racism is the single deciding factor in lack of black success, how can anyone argue that we are all equals?  I mean, that White Racism must be some incredibly powerful stuff, and if only the white man can create this incredibly powerful energy, well you figure out the rest.

      • JohnEngelman

        Liberals blaming whites for black problems are like Nazis blaming German Jews for Germany’s defeat in World War I. 
                                                       
        If blacks emulated whites to the best of their ability they would have fewer problems. 

    • 1proactive2

      Good point. 

      Blacks in America then should be booking passage on the first plane or ship heading to Africa to save their children.  Think about it; blacks “goin’ home” to the continent that will understand them, that won’t hold them back as blacks here constantly complain, and where they will all live in peace and harmony amongst their black bretheren. Heaven on earth awaits them.

      To all non-blacks; let’s pitch in and help them achieve their dream of life without the racism they claim is pandemic in America.  Fund raising for black repatriation to Africa should begin right after November. 

    • CoweringCoward

       I am with MKD69, exposed to the least, little, itsy bitsy, teenie weenie bit of logic, these asinine “theories” disintegrate.

  • Occidentus

    Warning:  Having a racial chip on your shoulder can be hazardous to your health.

  • MekongDelta69

    Didn’t I JUST ask how long it would be before we had ‘another’ anti-white ‘study’ (under the “Study: Racism Against Moms Can Harm Their Babies”) article? It didn’t even take twenty seconds. World record.

    Jamisha Alexander – black social worker (no less), who spends her entire waking existence imagining ‘racism’ under every bed.

    Peggy Vander Meulen – Guilt-ridden, self-loathing white leftist feminazi who conveniently chalks off everything that’s ever happened to anyone darker than her, being due to ‘racism.’ Not culture, not lifestyle, not eating habits, not welfare, not the ghetto, not this, not that, not anything.
    It’s. Just. Racism.

    Oh yeah – how could I forget. Once again, WE’RE picking up part of the tab.

  • B

    If anything is causing stress to black mothers it is having to live amongst a violent criminal black population. The notion that a lack of acceptance by whites is killing black babies is too absurd for refutation.

  • But for the mothers enrolled in Strong Beginnings, there’s no question about whether racism still exists. And there’s no question for Jamisha Alexander. “Even though I have a job, and I have an education, I have to deal with racism,” Alexander says. “I have to deal with people looking at me a certain way, or not, just not being treated, I guess, fairly. So I can relate to some of that.”

    When does she have to deal with this racism?

    “This town is really pretty segregated,” says Jamisha Alexander, a social worker for a program in Grand Rapids called Strong Beginnings. The program started about eight years ago when Grand Rapids had the worst black infant mortality rate in the state. Now it’s sixth. Alexander and her coworkers drive out to the homes of pregnant African American mothers, and follow them until the kids are two.

    The town is “pretty segregated”. She works at a program for black and drives around and see them all day? When does she have time to experience racism, sounds like she never sees YT.

  • IstvanIN

    Fascism could be the problem. The fact of having your baby-daddy robbing, killing and raping whites and the fear he might get caught and thrown in jail must cause a great deal of stress.  Yup, if blacks weren’t so racist they might not suffer as much stress.

  • RisingReich

    Our daily dose of absurdity.
     
    Gee, maybe the mortality rate is due to afrovodoo parents in some cases literally quartering their own children for ‘luck’?  Or diverting that EBT gibsmedat money to fuel alcohol and drug addictions at the expense of the family?  Or out of wedlock kids with no Dad?  Or the flying bullets in black run neighborhoods all night?

  • “Even though I have a job, and I have an education, I have to deal with racism,” Alexander says. “I have to deal with people looking at me a certain way, or not, just not being treated, I guess, fairly. So I can relate to some of that.”

    So if I am reading this properly, if you look at Jamisha Alexander a certian way, that’s racism. And if you DON’T look at her a certain way… well that’s racism too or it means she’s not treated fairly. And of course this logically leads to a higher infant mortality.

    I don’t suppose smoking, drinking, taking drugs, pollution, poor diet, a stressful marriage or a missing husband, money problems, emotional problems, heredity or anything else could possibly be a factor.

    No of course not, it simply has to be racism. Wow, who knew?

    If this is not the typical Liberal, Marxist, JuJu propaganda, I don’t know what is.

  • Oh Good God!  Where to start? 

    “So studies have
    looked at immigrants of African descent who came to America. When they
    first arrived, birth outcomes were about the same as whites.”

    So they were “about” the same, which means that they were DIFFERENT.  How much DIFFERENT is anyone’s guess since they failed to provide any statistics (I wonder why). 

    “There’s a lot of evidence that this kind of racism causes increased
    stress for African American mothers, and that the body’s response to
    chronic stress creates long-term biological change that can affect
    pregnancy.”

    What exactly is “this” kind of racism?  Does racism come in flavors and varieties now?  Also if stress induces a bodily response, is that not indicative of a GENETIC pre-disposition to said biological changes?  What about White women who experience stress?  Do they have elevated levels of early infant deaths?  Or is it ONLY racism related stress that causes these bodily responses?  Inquiring minds want to know. 

  • Church_of_Jed

    Racism accounts for high black infant mortality,

    which proves that Racism was in Margaret Sanger’s eugenics tool kit.

    • Sherman_McCoy

      I thought it was due to Divine Providence.

  • Detroit_WASP

    I actually heard a leftist professor say this stuff in a graduate class at Wayne State university. 
    Total nonsense and I told him so.

    Here are the actual reasons black children die more:
    1.  Mom’s latest boyfriend beat them to death.
    2.  Mom smoked crack, cigarettes, drank wine, Colt 45, ate fast food the entire time she was pregnant.
    3.  The died in a house fire because the parents are too dumb to put up smoke detectors.
    4.  Died in a house fire because the parents were stealing electricity via an illegal electrical hook-up, which was done incorrectly, electrical fire….and again no smoke detectors.  This happened last month in Detroit.
    5  Black kids get hit by cars at a much greater rate because their parents are passed out drunk.
    6.  Few of them can swim and they drown in public pools like lemings.
    7.  Mom kills them.  This is the number one cause of child death for all races.
    8.  Parents are too dumb to recognize when they are sick and fail to take them to the free clinic.
    9.  Shot by a stray bullet.  This is an epidemic in Detroit and Chicago.
    10.  And last but not least…..the stress of NOT KNOWING WHO THE DADDY IS must cause a great deal of stress to these 80% unwed mothers.    No, on second thought I doubt it.  I take that one back.  

    • 1proactive2

      Ah, Wayne State, my alma mater.  That place is one great enabler of black self-culling.

      You’re right on point with your post. Detroit has become an incredibly dangerous place inhabited by preening black narcissists who have no concept of mortality – even after the death of a friend or relative who died due to their own black violence, irresponsibility, and neglect. 

    • Up to my neck in CA

      # 4 happens a lot.
      Leaving toddlers a lone in a house with candles buring so you can go outside to smoke  a blunt…what could go wrong?

      http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Candle-started-fire-that-killed-4-children-3266044.php

      You’ll notice not one mention of their dangerous behavior is mentioned. Ther was no power in the house? It must be because Whitey is rayciss and did not provide free electricity.

  • refocus

    But a growing number of public health workers believe that racism itself is a major cause of the problem.

    I was walking towards the entrance of a store today when a mexican acted as if he would run me over in his new car.

    I know its racist for me to walk around in public like that.  I am sorry.

  • Why is infant mortality high in the coal-black Bantu nations south of Algeria? Mainly, a combination of things like poor diet, inadequate healthcare, day to day stress, lousy sanitation, disease-carrying pests, etc. It’s NOT racism though, if everyone is Bantu in those countries. So why is it due to “racism” only in the U.S.?

    I think this Vander Meulen woman is an acolyte and disciple of the Swede Gunnar Myrdahl, who wrote that book in the 1940’s saying that EVERY SINGLE problem Bantus had, was strictly because of “racist” whites. She believes in Myrdahl like a Muslim believes in the Koran.

  • OPersephone

    Gee, sounds like the best thing for everybody would be to ship all African people back to their mother continent. There won’t be any racism there to kill off their chilluns. Won’t someone please think of the chilluns?!

  • Why those evil white hateful naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews bigots!  They poisoned the babies with their toxic cancerous racism!

  •  So that’s it. White “racism” is responsible for black
    infant mortality. Don’t you see where this is going? It will not be much longer
    now until Whites are rounded up and marched off to reeducation camps.

  • Aside from the obvious answers others have provided in comments, there’s also the possible impact of racism-phobia – which is pounded into the brain of every black in the Western world courtesy of the leftists themselves:

    http://jewamongyou.wordpress.com/2012/07/16/how-liberals-victimize-blacks/

  • Chimp Master Rules

    QUOTE:  “There’s a lot of evidence that this kind of racism causes increased stress for African American mothers, and that the body’s response to chronic stress creates long-term biological change that can affect pregnancy.”

    Prove it.  I don’t mean that coloreds have lots of stress.  I mean prove that racism is responsible for it.

    What?  Oh, you can’t?  Then shut the bleep up.

    I have long suspected that blacks DO suffer from severe stress and even full-blown anxiety.  But it’s not “racism.”  It’s the pressure that comes from being forced to compete in a white world.

    These are simple creatures whose distant family in Africa still sticks large plates in their lips, burn people for witchcraft  and bathe in urine.  We KNOW African IQs are teetering on the brink of retardation and Colored-Americans aren’t much higher.

    Blacks are quite happy doing manual labor, singing and dancing and pro-creating.

    We’ve done no favors to them as a race by forcing them go to school, pay mortgages, hold a job and observe minimal rules of hygiene.

  • bubo

    So absurdly non-scientific that I can’t even process the absurdity.   The idea that racism, real or imagined can kill a child is absolutely ridiculous.   

    If black women have stress,  I can guarantee it isn’t because of white racism.  It is because of other black women.  Especially ghetto types.  It is wall to wall jealousy, hate and pettiness amongst the women competing for the alpha buck.  

  • rightrightright

    If a black girl waits until she is grown up instead of podding off her first aged 14, it might have a better chance of survival

  • Anyone who has seen videos on youtube knows that black people can turn a simple transaction at McDonalds into a stressful event, even when there are no white people around. In fact, ESPECIALLY when there are no white people around and they don’t feel they have to contain their natural impulses. Screaming and crying and throwing rocks at cars because their french fries were not hot enough! Swearing and punching etc. This has nothing to do with white people. I suspect their statistics on infant mortality in Africa are the fly in the ointment here.

    • LaSantaHermandad

      They are totally incapable of “containing their natural impulses”. 
      What you say verifies that “inconvenient truth” that they are #$%@ing nuts.

  • JackKrak

    Yet again, leftist idiots look at stats of black life and turn to the rest of us with indignation and shout “Who did this to them!?!?!?!?!”

  • Ed_NY

    The problem is poor parenting or no parenting.  The baby’s mama is more interested in her own needs then that of her children.  Go into any housing project or ghetto and just look at young kids and even babies outside on their own, totally unsupervised.

    • Up to my neck in CA

      This reminds me of something someone posted on AmRen awhile back. Starving African mothers would be too weak to carry their babies any longer on their quest for food and water so they would just abandon them. I know for a fact that my White mother would DIE before just dumping me on the side of the road.

  • ShoutsAtTV

     “So like let’s say you have a mom who’s 30 years-old, she’s
    well-educated, she makes good money, she’s African American,” Alexander
    says. “And then you have the same mom and she’s white, the African
    American mom will still have a higher chance of infant death.”

    So like genetics has nothing to do with infant mortality?
    Nor does lifestyle, (booze, drugs, stress, overweight, smoking, etc.)?
    Nor does all those immigrant doctors that MUST practice at inner city hospitals?

    Nah. It must be racism. Yeah that’s the ticket.

  • The Worlds Scapegoat

    I had a fat black English teacher in college. Her sister’s baby died, and she blamed the white man for not doing enough to take care of it. Her sister was a crack addict. I asked why she and her family didn’t care for the child, and she said it was the white mans responsibility to care for black children. You can’t make this stuff up. Ok, maybe you can, but you can’t tell the difference anyways.

  • No explaination of how “racism” kills, just jibberish excuses to cover up crack whore mothers. Grand Rapids is run by blacks. I guess she’ll need a new excuse.

  • 1proactive2

    “But a growing number of public health workers believe that racism itself is a major cause of the problem”

    And to think that these “workers” are actually being paid with tax dollars.  That’s like public financing of stupidity – with retirement benefits. 

  • LaSantaHermandad

    “If Abraham Lincoln had had his way, none of these black babies would be being born here.”
    That’s why we need to form a group that has an annual desecration of J W Booth’s grave sight.

  • Up to my neck in CA

    Diet, drug use, smoking, lack of exercise and irresponsible behavior has nothing to do with it?

  • I know what you mean. My grandparents came through Ellis Island via Italy from 1902-1910. Not only was slavery over, but I can’t find any instances of Italians owning plantations before the Civil War, (although there are records of freed blacks and mulattoes owning slaves).

    Doesn’t matter, in the liberal universe I am still a racist. But at least I’m good company.

  • anarchyst

    Here in southeastern Michigan, blacks have the BEST medical care available.  There are Level 1 trauma centers as well as a number of major hospital systems including research hospitals.  Of course, blacks and migrants get their health care for “free” while the rest of us pay . . .
    As good as the facilities are, the children’s  emergency (and urgent care) waiting rooms are like “zoos” with hoards of blacks seeking “treatment” for routine illnesses that could be handled in a doctor’s office.

  • LaSantaHermandad

    A relative who was a serving internship at Temple University Hospital in N. Philadelphia decades ago  used to tells horror stories about infant and toddler Black girls being brought in who had been vaginally  penetrated by relatives and/or the latest paramour of their brood mare of a mother. It was such a horrible experience for him  that it was all he could do not to  bale out after all the years spent in his medical education.
    I’ve also read that there are many incidents like that in S. Africa.