Posted by on October 05, 2011 in Blog

I know that some countries keep two sets of official government statistics - one for their majority population and one for their "minorities." But we don't do that sort of thing here in the US, or do we?

Today's USA Today featured an editorial by Scott Atlas from the conservative Hoover Institution at Stanford University which disturbed me to no end.  Atlas was responding to the paper's lead editorial which argued that the US's infant mortality rate is too high - in fact, embarrassingly high since it puts us in 41st place in the world!

Atlas's piece "Misleading data distorts rankings" argues thusly -

"Racial and ethnic minorities have far higher infant mortality, whether in the US or under government-run systems such as Canada's and the United Kingdom's. Population heterogeneity disadvantages the US - not because US mortality is worse, but because racial-ethnic heterogeneity in the US is four to eight times higher than it is in countries such as Sweden, Norway, France and the UK."

In other words, Atlas is telling us that we need not fret because the US rankings are actually much higher than 41st place in the world, if we only count white infant mortality numbers.

I expect stuff like this from the Hoover crowd. But someone at USA Today had to have read this racist claptrap and let it go. For shame!

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