Sunday, 25 October 2020

Black Baby, White Baby & Survival Chances

According to a research paper published last year, in the U.S., "black babies are more than twice as likely to die before reaching their first birthday than white babies, regardless of the mother’s income or education level." A new study reviewing 1.8m hospital birth records in Florida (1992-2015) suggests that the doctor's ethnicity plays a major role since black newborns are three times more likely to die in the hospital than white babies if cared for by white doctors (for white babies the doctor's skin tone hardly has an impact on their chances of survival). The disparity halves when the doctor's skin tone is black ... but only 5% of doctors are black (via).

photograph (1970) via