there is no doubt that much of the difference between African Americans and others in this society in regards to health disparities is due to white supremacy and its choking fog of racism……

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After decades of research, Arline Geronimus concludes that the long-term stress of living in a white-dominated society ‘weathers’ blacks, making them age faster than their white counterparts.

After decades of research, Arline Geronimus concludes that the long-term stress of living in a white-dominated society ‘weathers’ blacks, making them age faster than their white counterparts.

In the fall of 1976, Arline Geronimus began living in two separate, unequal worlds. At Princeton University, the political theory major became a research assistant to Charles Westoff, a professor who studied teen pregnancy among the urban poor. Down the road at Planned Parenthood in Trenton, N.J., she spent time with real-life, impoverished pregnant teens.

A self-assured, middle-class Jewish girl from Brookline, Mass., Geronimus shuttled between the extremes of haves and have-nots, eventually spotting a chasm between the theories of Princeton researchers and the experiences of the women she taught.

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  1. This should seem to be so, if for no other reason than the eating habits which have been passed down from one generation to the next. Many of the things we (blacks) eat out of sentimental traditions have actually changed in nutritional content (and components), along with our body’s ability to process them due to the lack of the long work days (working from sun up to sun down) experienced by those foremothers and forefathers who were initially fed these things.

    Add to this, the pressure from the groups who fear us, the groups who hate, despise and disdain us, the groups who police us and the groups who market to and feed off of us, then it is easy to understand our responses of repression, depression, verbal oppression (i.e., “talking shit”) and regression. Add all of this to a group who also has a greater than normal suspicion and awareness of educators, after having already been (and possibly still being) mis-educated about the rules to making it in a society such as is “ours”, and the real question becomes “what white counterparts are they being compared to by Ms. Geronimus?”.

    We can all bet a lot of money (and win) that there are no white’s experiencing this and therefore, no “white counterpart”. A true scientist would have to place “whites” in the same circumstances and give them the same experiences, to scientifically say that “blacks” age faster. It might be safe to assume that if any group of “whites” were living in a white dominated society, under the same stresses, and by the same groups as “blacks” have been, they would have to age faster; if for no other reason than the lack of the centuries of experience.

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