Some sad news about black children emerged out of New York City (NYC) recently, which had to do with how often their deaths are caused by tragic injuries.
According to the New York Daily News, the NYC Public Health Department released a report on Friday (April 14th), which was based on a study conducted by the bureau from 2010 to 2014. The data collected during this time period showed that black children in NYC die from injury three times more often than children in other ethnic groups.
The Daily News also reported that Mary Bassett (NYC’s Health Commissioner) publicly admitted that the city has a disproportionate number of black children dying every year due to preventable tragedies. “While deaths among children are rare in New York City, any death of a child is a tragedy,” Bassett said in a statement.
“The continued excess rates in communities of color and among children living in poverty are unacceptable. The Health Department, along with our sister agencies, will continue efforts to create safer homes and safer communities for children in our city,” she continued.
The causes of death listed for black children included fires, traffic accidents, gun violence, and even suicide. “On average, 39 city children suffer fatal injuries — as a result of homicides, suicides and other incidents — each year,” wrote Rich Schapiro, a news columnist for the Daily News.
The study also showed that black boys from the most impoverished NYC neighborhoods experienced the most deaths. However, there was about a 50/50 split when it came to how many deaths resulted from intentional and unintentional acts.
“About half were unintentional from causes such as fires and traffic crashes. Homicides were the second most common cause. Of the 61 homicides among children, 29 (48%) were among kids between the ages of 1 and 2,” Schapiro also wrote quoting the NYC Health Department’s report.
In addition to the public health department, other bureaus, including the police department, fire department, as well as the search and rescue medical teams must also do their part in contributing to the cause that saves the lives of children.