Every year approximately 85,000 African American deaths are attributed to the Black – White mortality gap. Racial disparities in health in the United States are substantial. Today, death rates for African Americans remain 40% higher than for whites. They were similar in 1960. The overall death rate for Blacks today is comparable to the rate for Whites thirty years ago, with about 100,000Blacks dying each year that would not die if the death rates were equivalent.