It’s been a week since 6 African-American teens from two families drowned in Louisiana’s Red River. The story made national headlines.
It also highlights a grim reality within the Black community. None of the teens could swim; neither could their parents looking on.
“It’s hard when you just see your kids just drowning and you can’t save them,” Maude Warner, mother of 3 of the children said.
The tragedy happened in minutes, and for experts happens too often in the black community. All 6 teens were African-American. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the drowning rate for African-American children is 3 times that of white children, a number swim coach Amy Monroe is trying to wash away.
Monroe was part of the team that helped hundreds of minority children learn to swim during safety clinics in Charlotte.
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