If Black America were a country

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The Economist has put together this astonishing infographic:

What you’re looking at here is a chart showing how “Black America” and “White America,” if they were countries in their own right, would rank in terms of incarceration and mortality.  For instance, the USA’s total homicide rate is pretty bad, at 4.5 murders per 100,000 people. That’s right between Ukraine and Niger. But for white Americans, the murder rate is much lower, at just 2.5 per 100,000. That’s not far off Norway’s 2.2.

“Black America,” on the other hand, is just astonishingly bad, with 18.2 murders per 100,000 people. That’s worse than Haiti, worse than the Central African Republic, and more than double the rate of Kazakhstan or even Iraq.

A look at infant mortality, a key indicator of development, is just as grim. Iceland has 1.6 deaths per 1,000 births; South Korea has 3.2. “White America” is pretty bad — by developed-country standards…

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