Across the country, black women fare worse than white women in almost every aspect of reproductive health. And black infants are more than twice as likely as white infants to die before their first birthdays.
“Women in particular, especially in low-income communities, have enormous stressors they’re coping with. They’re usually centrally responsible for raising children, taking care of ailing elders, working, earning money, dealing with material hardship.”
TdoubleB note: This line, in particular, resonates with me — And it’s not just hardships associated with poverty. Geronimus says that for middle- and upper-class blacks, the pressure to be model minorities — or sometimes being the only minority — can also take a toll.