I argue that Americans are comfortable tolerating a certain level of black deaths — and not simply when it comes to homicides. Vernellia Randall presents evidence in her book, "Dying While Black," that black people in the U.S. have a higher overall mortality rate from a wide range of diseases when compared to their white counterparts. Black folks suffer 80,000 to 100,000 excess deaths per year (when compared to rates of whites). This means that every year we lose an average of 90,000 extra people of African descent in America due to a higher rate of mortality. Over a 10-year period, we are losing nearly 1 million black people prematurely which is more than American lives lost in the Civil War, World War I and the Vietnam War combined.