Death rate in WWII for ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY: 1.8% to 2.6% (depending on the numbers. Veterans Affairs puts active duty personnel serving in WWII at more than 16 million).
Homicide rate in 2000s America for BLACK MALES: more than 2%
Black males are dying at a rate associated with the land invasion of Europe and Asia. This is one of those cases where we need to separate out the volatility: deaths in high crime areas are a slow burn, while military deaths are clustered in major battles. One cannot compare visiting a Chicago ghetto with vacationing in Okinawa at the time of the typhoon of steel which killed over 100,000 Japanese and 65,000 allied soldiers. However, it is the case that by serving in the military for the duration of WWII, a male had as much risk of dying as a young black male in the ghetto.
I don't know what the casualty rates were in places like Lebanon during the civil war, but the odd thing is how normal the carnage in the inner cities has become to mainstream American society.
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