John Tanner is the head of the Voting Rights section at DOJ, He's the one who believes Georgia's voter ID law discriminates against whites because fewer elderly have photo ID's and Black people "don't age like white people, they die first." It is ugly but entertaining to watch him squirm under questioning by Artur Davis and Keith Ellison. Artur Davis pointed out that in Alabama actually a higher percentage of Black people vote than white people, and got Tanner to admit that he did not look at actual statistics, he is going by his prejudices. Ellison tries to get him to see what was wrong with his comment, but Tanner just doesn't get it, except that his "tone" and "clumsy phrasing" hurt people.
But what no one seems to realize is that Tanner is just dead wrong statistically. You can look it up.
It is commonly known that at birth the life expectancy of white people is higher than Black people, about 6.4 years for men, 4.5 years for women), although the difference has been shrinking and the discrepancies between men and women within each race are about as high (+5 years for white women, +7 years for Black women). The differences between the races persist at about the same rate into the mid thirties. But then they begin to shrink, year by year, and by age 65 are down to about a year and a half. By age 80 the difference has disappeared, and after 80, Black people actually have a higher life expectancy than whites within each gender. And the life expectancy for Black women is actually higher than white men at every age. (But we all know women don't really count.) So Tanner is not only insensitive, but wrong.
Just another example of the Bush-Cheney regime making policy based on prejudice and with GOP dominance as their goal. And just another example that things that "everyone knows" sometimes aren't really true.