Children in The Danger Zone

For black youngsters, it is often a short trip from cradle to grave

Researchers have worked for years to figure out why it is so dangerous to be born black in America; two new medical studies reveal the extent of the devastation. Writing in the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Kenneth Schoendorf, a medical epidemiologist at the National Center for Health Statistics, reported that black babies suffered twice the mortality rate of white infants even when both parents had completed college. Based on U.S. birth and infant death certificates that were filed from 1983 to 1985, a determination was made by Schoendorf and his colleagues that the gap was due entirely to the...

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