Monday, July 10, 2006

Minorities More Likely To Be Drowning Victims

No analysis or criticism here. It's just not something I ever thought was a problem.

The United States averages nine drownings per day; minorities make up 40% of those deaths.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, black children, between the ages of 5 and 19, are 2.6 times more likely to drown than whites.

Cartwright says too many minority parents have sheltered their children from acquiring swimming skills, because of the adults inability to swim. “The parents have a fear that they don't know how to swim, so they don't want their kids near water. So, they don’t want them get swimming lessons.”

1 comment:

Xanthippas said...

I think swimming lessons ought to be mandatory for children. Who can truly say they lived a full child hood when they can't look back on summer mornings spent at the pool being forced to swim?