Bates, William M. "Narcotics, Negroes and the South," Social Forces 45 (September, 1966), pp.
"Sociological literature for 30 years has shown an overrepresentation of Negroes in the known
addict population. This study of addict admissions to the USPHS Service hospitals at Lexington
and Fort Worth shows that there was a dramatic increase in Negro admissions in 1950. Although
Negro narcotic addiction is almost entirely confined to northern metropolitan areas, what Negro
addiction exists in the South is almost entirely from a few big cities. White addicts from
Southern states, on the other hand, are chiefly from rural areas. Negro addicts from the South are
younger than white addicts, but northern white and Negro addicts are the same age."
Here is another effort to make that important point that the error terms in our data sets are quite
large. No one, however, seems to be paying the slightest attention.