Boys of Color in Harm's Way

“Negative health outcomes for African-American and Latino boys and young men are a result of growing up in neighborhoods of concentrated disadvantage, places that are more likely to put boys and young men directly in harm’s way and reinforce harmful behavior.” That’s the key finding from the report entitled: “Healthy Communities Matter: The Importance of Place to the Health of Boys of Color.” The report, which is filled with facts and figures and underwritten by The California Endowment, finds:

When it comes to health and other outcomes, the odds for boys and men of color are more than two times worse than they are for white boys and men in California. African-American and Latino children are 3.5 times more likely to grow up in poverty than their white counterparts. In fact, nearly half of the nation’s African-American and Latino fourth graders attend schools that are characterized by extreme poverty.