Engage: Death of a champion; Black youth less likely to abuse drugs than white youth
Boxing champion Joe Frazier died Monday at age 67.
November 8th, 2011
11:56 AM ET

Engage: Death of a champion; Black youth less likely to abuse drugs than white youth

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Heavyweight boxing champion 'Smokin" Joe Frazier dies of liver cancer at 67
"He beat Muhammad Ali in the Fight of the Century, battled him nearly to the death in the Thrilla in Manila. Then Joe Frazier spent the rest of his life trying to fight his way out of Ali's shadow. That was one fight Frazier never could win. He was once a heavyweight champion, and a great one at that.” - Sports Illustrated

Study: Whites more likely to abuse drugs than blacks
"Black youth are arrested for drug crimes at a rate ten times higher than that of whites. But new research shows that young African Americans are actually less likely to use drugs and less likely to develop substance use disorders, compared to whites, Native Americans, Hispanics and people of mixed race… Native American youth fared worst, with 15% having a substance use disorder, compared to 9.2% for people of mixed racial heritage, 9.0% for whites, 7.7% for Hispanics, 5% for African Americans and 3.5% for Asians and Pacific Islanders."  - Time

The 'first Hispanic NBA owner' no longer buying Atlanta Hawks
"Businessman Alex Meruelo will not be purchasing the Atlanta Hawks after all, following reports that the NBA was "concerned" about Meruelo's finances. Meruelo, 48, would have become the first Hispanic owner of an NBA franchise. He made his fortune by founding the La Pizza Loca chain, and owns a "vast empire" that includes construction companies, a bank and a venture capital fund, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Meruelo indicated that he still hopes to own an NBA team in the future." - The Downey Patriot

Mississippi gubernatorial candidate Johnny DuPree makes history
“The mayor of Hattiesburg, Miss., Democrat Johnny DuPree, is the first black candidate to win a major party's nomination for governor in the state since Reconstruction. He's a long shot in the election against a well-funded lieutenant governor, Republican Phil Bryant. DuPree is not focusing on race, saying he'd rather talk about issues and his leadership skills." - National Public Radio More from CNN

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  1. crackheadbob

    white people smoke the best weed , the hydro sh!t the grow in daddys basement . white people snort the highest quality cocaine , compared to crack, blacks dont particularly like needles , so they get a pass on heroin. I never seen a black dude cook meth , so whites win this category too , bath salts , prescription meds? there are more white doctors and pharmacists, adrenaline junkies and sport killing is a white thing too , and so on and so on and so on ... i could keep going for ever , not to forget moonshine , whites own that category .

    November 15, 2011 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Dirty white hippie

      THIS JUST IN – New study shows black youth 400 times more likely to sell drugs than white youth

      November 15, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ImpishLisa

    I have no clue where they got their participants, but I lived in the suburbs with white people (I am white) and in the ghetto where it was mostly black. Both groups smoke dope and party, but black people do it more frequently than whites. And it's not a guestimate, it was fact lived.

    November 13, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. woodrow

    It's harder to abuse drugs if you have to steal them. I'm kidding, I'm kidding. Tell em Bill Cosby.

    November 12, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
    • queenbee10

      CNN can't print that. Whites would never believe it–like most don't want to believe there are more whites in prison and on welfare than blacks–not after all the propaganda which told them they were the best things on earth. LOL

      November 13, 2011 at 4:18 am | Report abuse |
      • Tom

        Nice try Queenie. But when you compare the percentage of whites to the percentage of blacks, and not just the numbers of each, you see that blacks FAR outweigh whites in most forms of crime, especially drugs and violent crime.

        So lets say, and I'm not quoting facts, just giving you a little math lesson, 100 whites in are X prison, 50 blacks, 35 hispanics and 5 asians. Let's just say that's a representation of ALL prisons. It would seem there are many more whites than blacks in prison right? Of course there are! But the figures people are talking about here are in percentages. Even though whites physically have more people in prison, statistically, there are MORE blacks than whites in prison because a higher percentage of that given race are in prison than the other. Don't like it? Tough crap. Open that Sociology book you are so proud of and also, bring your statistics book along for the ride.

        December 3, 2011 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
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