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Jan 10, 2004 6:23 pm


WILLIAMS HAS MORE EXPLAINING TO DO



I see that Keith Halderman has noted Walter Williams' correction of an error Williams made in a recent column, about the Merv Grazinski"urban legend."

I have commented on Williams' remarks myself -- but as I go on to note, Williams made a much more serious, and much more offensive, mistake in the same earlier column. Williams relied on bogus statistics with regard to gay life expectancy, to argue that life insurance companies ought to be able to ask applicants if they are homosexual, supposedly because gays are likely to die at much younger ages than heterosexuals. These statistics have long since been debunked, and it saddens me greatly that while Williams will acknowledge one of his errors, he still has failed to deal with the much graver one. It saddens me, but unfortunately does not surprise me.

I discussed all of this in more detail, with supporting information, shortly after Williams' initial column on this subject appeared, here.


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