One of the reasons we were given for why Obama had to be elected is that young black children need to have a good role model they could look up to.
But if that’s the case, then something has gone horribly, tragically wrong. Since Obama was elected, black male children are committing suicide at twice the rate now than they were before he was elected.
Suicide is a leading cause of death among kids under 12. But while the trend is improving for white children, it is getting far worse for black kids.Between 1993 and 1997 and 2008 to 2012 the suicide rate among black boys, aged 5 to 11, nearly doubled. During the same period, the rate among white children fell dramatically.
The combination of fewer white kids killing themselves and more black kids taking their own lives resulted in the overall suicide rate among all children remaining stable, according to a study published last year in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.
This trend is tragic and remarkable.
It’s especially telling when compared to the suicide rate among white male children, which has fallen by a huge margin in the same time period.
Here they used coded language to basically blame racism for the discrepancy:
The study did not look into the causes for the discrepancy, but noted that black children are more exposed to violence, traumatic stress, and aggressive school discipline. The results were so surprising that the researchers waited an extra year to check the data, the New York Times reported.
It is unspeakably tragic when people so young – children – believe that taking their own lives is the best solution to whatever is haunting them.
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