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White Angst


In an earlier article, Follow This Simple Logic, now on the Second Front page, I had mentioned that in America the person most likely to kill you - far, far above Terrorists, Muggers, Robbers, Rapists and Thieves, O, My!  - was you.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has confirmed that in the last decade death by Suicide has taken on epidemic proportions making it the tenth most likely cause of death. Even more so than automobile accidents. In 2010, there were more than 38,000 suicides...

No one seems to want to speculate on the cause or causes associated with the steady and relentless climb ever upward of this tragic statistic that leaves sorrow and frustration in its wake. As well, and maybe most importantly, those who take their own lives fail to see that they are setting into motion the likelihood that one or more of their loved-ones will follow suit, further cascading the grief.

The loss of a kind and gentle God in our society? The crumbling of the American Dream? The worthlessness of free-time activities, such as Television and Facebook? Excess consumption of alcohol, a qualified depressant? Feelings of worthlessness and a lack of control of one’s own life? Maybe all of them...

Wealthy, Middle Class, or part of the ever-increasing component of America living at or below the Poverty Line, no one is exempt. The majority of those who elect to murder themselves, though, are likely to be White, and between the ages of 35 and 64.

Not too long ago we might have labeled this group, the Silent Majority. Perhaps in their silence lies the answer to the question, Why?