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The rate of depression is significantly higher in White's than in the minorities that they are said to discriminate against. Is this the resilience of the human spirit? ...Some notion of White guilt?
I would guess this has something to do with the possibly greater sense of community or group identity that comes with being of a culturally or visually distinct minority. Ingrained through experience, rather than taught, that being of the majority does not instill. An interesting corollary to this is my chart on suicide rates, which shows even more drastic disparities between the majority and minority. In that vein, I'd like to know the rate of American Natives, also. Although, the often wretched experience of living on a reservation would invariably be an extreme cofounder, I'd suppose that the low percentages of Natives impedes the formation of this group identity to a large degree. Of course, this is all pure conjecture. Let me know what you think!
The chart: savvyroo.com/chart-1449055603…
I have learned in a few of my classes that the lower rates of suicide are due to blacks and hispanics have tighter, inter-woven communities which provide them with emotional outlets and support systems. On the other hand, white culture seems to particularly highlight the western notion of individualism. This concept may lead to them being more susceptible to feelings of isolation that can lead to depression and suicide.
Native Americans are a difficult case for precisely the reason that you said. I am however not sure about the strength of communal norms among Native Americans. Further, I am sure that there is a difference between Native Americans that follow traditional instead of modern norms.
I feel that most conclusions from data are conjecture. With enough accurate data, we are able to make educated guesses about what takes place in the world around us and why.