Diversity May Be Fatal, Says New Government Health Study

Neil Munro, Daily Caller, October 27, 2012

Diversity may be killing older African-Americans and Hispanics, according to a new peer-reviewed study published in the America Journal of Public Health, which shows that people suffer less cancer and heart disease when they live among their racial or ethnic peers.

“Living in an ethnically dense neighborhood is beneficial when it comes to heart disease and cancer,” said Kimberly Alvarez, a co-author of the new study, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Alvarez’s phrase, “ethnically dense,” describes a community in which at least 50 percent of people are from the same ethnic group.

Many progressive groups advocate the use of government to increase diversity in housing, education, health care and other sectors.

Alvarez’s study reviewed the health records of 2,367 Mexican-Americans and 2,790 African-Americans older than 65, and concluded they lived longer if they inhabited a community mostly populated by their group.

African-Americans “living in a county with an ethnic density of 50% or more … were 46% less likely to report doctor-diagnosed heart disease and 77% less likely to report cancer than those who lived in an ethnic density of less than 25%,” said a summary of the report, authored by Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

The Mexican-Americans in the study “were 33% and 62% less likely to report heart disease and cancer, respectively,” when more than half of their neighbors were similar to them ethnically.

The reduced death rate in “ethnically dense” neighborhoods may occur because similar neighbors are “likely to share values like respect for elders and have close-knit family structures,” said Becca Levy, a study co-author and an associate professor of Epidemiology and Psychology at the Yale School of Public Health.


“That strikes me as likely, but probably not the whole explanation,” said Peter Wood, author of the 2003 book, “Diversity; The Invention of a Concept.”

“One aspect that the study does not examine—but which I think would bear further research—is the degree to which these positive health outcomes are effected by lower levels of stress and higher level levels of emotional support,” said Wood, who is now the president of the National Association of Scholars.


The Columbia study provided political ammunition to the Wood and other critics of government-imposed variety.

They argue it undermines local flexibility and civil society, which is voluntary cooperation via neighborhoods, marriage, sports leagues, churches and nonprofits.

“People ought to be able to live where they want, but … policies that intend to fragment ethnic communities and disperse people through a wide population, might have unintended but deleterious effect on the people you are trying to help,” Wood said.

This criticism was bolstered by a large 2006 Harvard study that showed people enjoyed a lower quality of life in a “diverse” neighborhood.

“The effect of diversity is worse than had been imagined,” said author Robert Putnam, who had previously championed government-imposed variety. “It’s not just that we don’t trust people who are not like us … we don’t trust people who do look like us” within diverse communities.

People in diverse neighborhoods “don’t trust the local mayor, they don’t trust the local paper, they don’t trust other people and they don’t trust institutions. … The only thing there’s more of is protest marches and TV watching,” he said



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  • Puggg

    Unsaid in this article:  Diversity’s fatal affects on whites.

    • Hirschibold

       Unsaid only because they can’t say it, but they know it. Daily Caller is what Dr. Kevin Macdonald calls “implicitly white.” The Ann Coulter/ Beck/Breitbart mainstream conservatives  won’t be posting at Amren any time soon, but in many respects they can be allies. Here’s the first comment on the page bearing the original article:

      “The invention of “diversity” is the most pathetic and damaging con job, after Dear Leader, ever perpetrated by the left.” 

      And the comment has 30 likes. As annoying as mainstream conservatism can be, it can many times function as a gateway to the real deal.

  • potato78

    Review the history of USA.
    How did the country  become more diversity?


  • IstvanIN

    Dieversity has been fatal to whites for 50 years. But that’s OK.

  • This criticism was bolstered by a large 2006 Harvard study that showed people enjoyed a lower quality of life in a “diverse” neighborhood.

    I don’t recall hearing about this study. Does anyone have a link or reference?

  • 50% of one ethnic group is dense??? As soon as a city becomes 50% non-White, it becomes a hole.

  • Up to my neck in CA

    Govenor Christie: “Evacuate all coastal cities!”

    Mayor of Atlantic City Lorenzo Tyrone Langford: “Shelter in place everyone”


    Yes Diveristy is dangerous to your health, especially when they are in charge. Is he trying to make another Katrina type event?

    • We can be sure President Obama will not be blamed for any response from local, state, or federal officials in the wake of Sandy because while Bush ‘didn’t like black people’, Obama loves and cares for everyone.

  •  The never said it was a factually or scientifically based study.

  • Golden Rule Macongo Jed

    William Benjamin Smith, THE COLOR LINE: A BRIEF IN BEHALF OF THE UNBORN, 1905:

    But some one may say, if all this be true, if the race instinct of the Anglo-Saxon is really so mighty and imperious, then there is no danger that it will not assert itself, if need be; and why all this pother about it? We answer, there is really no danger while the instinct is aroused, and therefore, but only therefore, the South is safe. What we deprecate is the systematic warfare that is waged in some quarters against this instinct as a mere unenlightened “prejudice” whereof we should be ashamed—the attempt to battle it down or else to drug it to sleep in the name of morality or religion or higher humanity. When our Northern brothers, by precept and by example, throw the whole weight of their immense authority in favour of a practice that would be ruinous to the South, are they walking according to love?

  • JohnEngelman

    I enjoyed living with Vietnamese in downtown San Jose, California.  

    • IstvanIN

       How about living with them in Saigon?

      • JohnEngelman

        Now it is called “Ho Chi Minh City.” I would enjoy living there, but I have never been good at learning foreign languages. 

        • IstvanIN

          Who cares what they call it, move there, you’ll learn, why should the rest of us have to?

          • JohnEngelman

            If I could get a good job there I would run to take. Meanwhile I am glad so many Vietnamese are here. America’s abandonment of the boat people after the War in Vietnam  was the shameful ending of a shameful, immoral war. 
            We should have sent Navy or Coast Guard boats over to pick the boat people out of the ocean and bring them to this country. Instead we let the Thai pirates steal everything they had, and rape the women. 

        • The__Bobster

          Here we go again. Hey, Yuan, why don’t you take your white butt over to Asia?

          BTW, how did we “abandon” them when there are over 1 million of them here, a lot of whom are ethnic Chinese. Oh, and since they regularly return home to visit relatives, I think they should be deported, as they no longer qualify as refugees.

          • JohnEngelman

            We should have evacuated them before the Communist victory. They are here legally, and have as much right to be here as you do. 

    • Up to my neck in CA

      John my friend, things have changed I’m afraid.

      “The two women arrested on suspicion of shooting a third woman in a San Jose shopping center parking lot early Thursday morning have been identified by police as 31-year-old My Loan Nguyen and 30-year-old Truc Phuong Ho.”

      • JohnEngelman

        A single crime by two Vietnamese women does not alter this fact, which Jared Taylor mentioned in his “The Color of Crime,” “Asians commit violent crimes at about one quarter the white rate.”

        • Up to my neck in CA

          Asian is too broad of a definition. The Japanese are law abiding, while the current wave of Vietnamese are violent and crime prone. Their gangs are growing.

          • JohnEngelman

            During a quick internet search I could not find Vietnamese crime rates in the United States. The crime rate for Vietnam is lower than for the United States.
            When I lived with Vietnamese in downtown San Jose, California during the 1980s they had a very low crime rate. I often left my office at 10:00 pm, and walked three miles through the downtown area to my apartment. 
            My admiration for  Orientals is based on personal experience, and what I have read about them. Much of what I have read I found on the American Renaissance website. 
            When I visited a public library in San Jose it would be full of Vietnamese teenagers doing their homework. 
            I could say more, but I am about to go shopping at a Chinese grocery store. 

          • Up to my neck in CA

            Look under Hmong.


  • JohnEngelman

    Diversity should be an option. It should not be forced by the government, or even pressured. 

    • The__Bobster

      How can it be an option if someone like you favors it while the rest of us don’t? Your option negates ours.

      Or are you saying that it should be put up for a vote? It never was because the elites knew the outcome.

  • As a white man, I know I feel stress being around blacks and other minorities. I have to believe blacks and other minorities feel the same way.

    What’s odd to me is that because I feel this stress, I do everything I can NOT to be around blacks and other minorities whiles blacks (and others) do everything in their power to be around me.

    • Golden Rule Macongo Jed

      That’s because they are genetically voodoo with a Muslim fascist mentality.

      They believe that they are supposed to unburden you of your White privilge (Diversity-free serenity and safety) and bring about the milleniam of Heaven on Earth when racism is defeated and BRA Diversity is permanent.

      It’s religious. They redeem America of its racsit past by destroying your White privilege.  It’s personal. They see you as the White Devil, and God’s justice reigns supreme when Diversity rules over you.

      ON it goes. 

      But they don’t really understand all that I said above. They just Hate Whites, and some will put it in terms of a righteous mission, but when blacks kill Whites, it’s just voodoo.

  • “Celebrate Diversity” is the American version of “Arbeit macht frei.”

  • Ray

    Why am I not surprised? I blame LBJ and this stupid great society b.s. and I also blame anyone who didnt vote for Goldwater back in 1964.