[CONTENT NOTE: suicide.]
I woke up this lovely morning to a news alert from The Washington Post about soaring suicide rates in the U.S.:
The U.S. suicide rate has increased sharply since the turn of the century, led by an even greater rise among middle-aged white people, particularly women, according to federal data released Friday.
Well, not exactly. Ten paragraphs later, we learn that Native Americans and Alaska Natives have seen an even greater rate of increased suicides than whites. There’s even a colorful graphic and everything:
But reporters Dan Keating and Lenny Bernstein and their editors at the Post apparently felt they only needed to mention this fact in passing—and no need to mention veteran suicides at all. Fascinating.
Last decade’s severe recession, more drug addiction, “gray divorce,” increased social isolation, and even the rise of the Internet and social media may have contributed to the growth in suicide, according to a variety of people who study the issue.
But economic distress — and dashed hopes generally — may underpin some of the increase, particularly for middle-aged white people.
WON’T SOMEONE THINK OF THE WHITE PEOPLE.
The data showed a 1 percent annual increase in suicide between 1999 and 2006 but a 2 percent yearly hike after that, as the economy deteriorated, unemployment skyrocketed and millions lost their homes.
“People [were] growing up with a certain expectation . . . and the Great Recession and other things have really changed that,” said Julie A. Phillips, a professor of sociology at Rutgers University who studies the demography of suicide. “Things aren’t panning out the way people expect. I feel for sure that has had an effect.”
Who bankrupted the country with illegal wars and tax breaks for the obscenely wealthy? Who made whole the criminal banksters and the corrupt institutions that destroyed the economy, while untold millions of ordinary citizens were wiped out? Who has been intent on destroying the already inadequate social safety net for vulnerable citizens?
YOU KNOW WHO.
Dick Cheney’s Lizard People, with enthusiastic assistance from
conservative Democrats the Squirrel People, that’s who.