Geronimus, Bound and colleagues find excess mortality among blacks influences key elections
"Premature deaths of black Americans alter politics, health care" - UM News Service. 4/30/2015.
Work by Javier Rodriguez, Arline Geronimus, John Bound, and Danny Dorling found that excess mortality among U.S. blacks may be both a cause and an effect of political processes. That is, premature deaths among voting-age blacks due to poor health may have cost Democrats key races and diminished the chance that elected officials have mandates to eliminate health inequality. "It's sobering," says Geronimus. "There has been persistent health inequality between blacks and whites in the U.S. that remain entrenched and a challenge to our democracy."
Additional Media Coverage:
"If Black People Lived As Long As White People, Election Results Would Be Very Different" - Mother Jones. 5/1/2015.
"Black lives matter: Premature deaths skew US election results" - New Scientist. 5/1/2015.
"Blacks die sooner than whites. How many votes has this cost Democrats?" - Washington Post. 5/10/2015.
"A Million Missing Black Voters" - The Atlantic. 5/12/2015.