Black Children and the U.S. Drowning Crisis

The data reveals that out of the identified cases, African American children accounted for a staggering 21% of all drowning fatalities among children.

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Swimming instructor Juan Sebastian Barreneche, right, talks to children during a swimming class at Swim Gym in Key Biscayne, Fla. Tuesday, June 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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The latest annual report on drowning and submersion incidents, released by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), unveils a troubling reality of racial disparities. The data reveals that out of the identified cases, African American children accounted for a staggering 21% of all drowning fatalities among children, emphasizing the urgent need to address this issue within historically excluded communities.

Even among older children, ages 5 to 14, 45% of drowning deaths involved African Americans. These distressing statistics highlight the necessity of reaching out to the Black community to provide essential water safety information and support.

CPSC calls for immediate action to bridge the racial gap and ensure the safety of all children, regardless of their background.


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