Black People Gonna Die Watch: Day 1
The BPGD Watch is a new feature of Pandagon, featuring the best of Bush administration nonchalantness about the shorter life expectancies of black Americans, particularly black men. In addition to Bush’s skillful huggery and head-rubbery of darker-skinned Americans, he’s shown a remarkable propensity to accept the shorter lifespans of African-Americans in much the same way you’d accept that all the copies of Elf are rented out at Blockbuster.
Black people die sooner. Hey – shit happens! Today’s installment:
Mr. Bush also encouraged the leaders to support his plan to add personal investment accounts to Social Security, which White House officials say could benefit blacks because they have a shorter average life span than whites and end up putting more money into the retirement system than they take out.
African-American men “have had a shorter life span than other sectors of America,” Scott McClellan, the White House press secretary, told reporters. “And this will enable them to build a nest egg of their own and be able to pass that nest egg on to their survivors.”
Wow, what a great way to push through your SS plan with black voters! In fact, Bush, you better just continue to make sure black men die sooner! What a great plan! I’m sorry, does this remind you of Mbeki and his policy toward AIDS: if they’re dead, we don’t have to worry about providing them with jobs?
Why, yes! Yes, it does!