Black Lives Lost Due to Drowning Go Ignored by the Red Cross
The Red Cross teaches millions of Americans how to swim. Yet, today, 70 percent of African Americans lack basic swimming skills. Additionally, the Red Cross’s Centennial Campaign, charged with training 50,000 new swimmers in areas with some of the nation’s highest drowning rates, does not record the race of participants. How can the Red Cross be serious about reducing drowning rates in the Black community if it is not holding itself accountable?