What's Killing America’s Black Infants?


Our divided country allows one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world. While white babies die infrequently, African American babies die at a staggering, appalling rate. A Black mother in San Francisco is six times more likely to lose her baby than a white mother in the same city. The cause for this disparity? The prevailing notion is poverty, but Zoe Carpenter disputes that claim, arguing that chronic stress from institutional racism is the core cause. Tonda Thompson, who lost her son, said, “We do have a stigma of ‘She’s not married; she messed up; she’s young—she ain’t going to be nothing.’ And that attitude gets into her mind and goes to the baby.” ⏳


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