The New Jim Crow – Health Care

Lynching MaryIn May, 1918, a white plantation owner in Brooks County, Georgia, got into a quarrel with one of his colored tenants and the tenant killed him. A mob sought to avenge his death but could not find the suspected man. They therefore lynched another colored man named Hayes Turner. His wife, Mary Turner, threatened to have members of the mob arrested. The mob therefore started after her. She fled from home and was found there the next morning. She was in the eighth month of pregnancy but the mob of several hundred took her to a small stream, tied her ankles together and hung her on a tree head downwards. Gasoline was thrown on her clothes and she was set on fire. One of the members of the mob took a knife and split her abdomen open so that the unborn child fell from her womb to the ground and the child’s head was crushed under the heel of another member of the mob; Mary Turner’s body was finally riddled with bullets.

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Non-Hispanic black women have the highest infant mortality rate in the United States in 2004 — 13.60 per 1,000 live births, compared to 5.66 per 1,000 births among non-Hispanic white women. For the three-year period from 2002 through 2004, there were significant differences in infant mortality rates by state, ranging from a rate of 10.32 in Mississippi to 4.68 in Vermont. For infants of non-Hispanic black mothers, rates ranged from 17.57 in Wisconsin to 8.75 in Minnesota. For infants of non-Hispanic white mothers, the infant mortality rate ranged from 7.67 in West Virginia to 3.80 in New Jersey, according to the report, titled Infant Mortality Statistics From the 2004 Period Linked Birth/Infant Death Data Set.

US Compared

US Compared to Some Other Developed Nations With "Socialized" Medicine

In terms of the “average” Infant Mortality the US ranks 33rd in the World, considering black women only – the US would rank 83rd, behind Mexico, Romania, Syria, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands…

And Cuba. Indeed, if you are Puerto Rican in the US, you stand a almost 50% better chance of your baby surviving the first year…

By moving back to Puerto Rico.

Did a piece a while back entitled “The Deadliest Disease” based on a new book, “Medical Apartheid“, by Harriet A. Washington. The outcome of this book, and research studies in the last 10 years indicates that as many as 100,000 black and brown folks in America dies each year due to lack of, or less than adequate medical care.

So… What’s the difference between a Lynch Mob and their ideological descendants, the Tea Baggers?

Method.

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