Monday, May 19, 2008

Young blacks - especially males - are much more likely to drown in pools than whites

In fact, almost half of all recorded drowning deaths among people aged 5 to 24 are among blacks, according to the study, which was reported in the April 2006 issue of the American Journal of Public Health. Nearly 60% of African-American children can't swim, almost twice the figure for white children. Of the 252,000 competitive swimmers in the USA annually only 2% are black. 75% of all drowning victims are male, with 47% black. 33% are white, and 12% Latino. About 13% of the U.S. population are black and about 13% are Latino, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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