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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.

Read more at WBTV

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