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Disparities in advanced math and science skills begin by kindergarten
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Disparities in advanced math and science skills begin by kindergarten

By Paul L. Morgan, Penn State The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work. The big idea Racial and ethnic disparities in advanced math and science skills occur far earlier in the U.S. than previously known. Our new study finds that 13% of white students and 16% of Asian students display advanced math skills by kindergarten. The contrasting percentage for both Black and Hispanic students is 4%. These disparities then continue to occur throughout elementary school. By fifth grade, 13% of white students and 22% of Asian students display advanced math skills. About 2% of Black students and 3% of Hispanic students do so. Similar disparities occur in advanced science skills. What explains these disparities? Factors that consistently explain these disparities...
Study: Innocent Blacks more likely to be wrongfully convicted than White counterparts
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Study: Innocent Blacks more likely to be wrongfully convicted than White counterparts

A report released this month indicates Black people are more likely to be wrongfully accused of crimes and convicted than white people. The data also shows in cases involving murder, sexual assault, and drug crimes, Blacks are seven times more likely to be victims of police misconduct and spend more time in prison than their white counterparts, according to the study released by National Registry of Exonerations. The report also indicated that even in cases of illegal drugs compared between white and Black Americans at a similar rate, Black represented 69% of exonerees in illegal drug cases compared to 16% of white exonerations. More about the study can be found here.
Study: Forehead thermometer readings possibly less accurate among Black patients
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Study: Forehead thermometer readings possibly less accurate among Black patients

A new study indicates forehead thermometers are possibly not as accurate when it comes to reading temperatures for Black patients compared with oral thermometers. Forehead thermometer readings were 26% lower than oral thermometers, according to the study conducted by researchers at Emory University and the University of Hawaii. Researchers noted that though the differences were not high, fevers could go unrecognized if the reading is below the common figures used to determine fever. The study also said this difference could contribute to a higher death rate among Black patients. For the study, the temperatures of 2,031 Black patients and 2,344 White patients were taken within the first hour of hospitalization. Temperatures only varied among Black patients. Researchers said s...
Study shows hateful tweets increase as temperatures rise
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Study shows hateful tweets increase as temperatures rise

A new study released indicates that as temperatures rise, hateful tweets sharply increase too. The study, published this month by The Lancet Planetary Health, documented a 22% jump in racist, homophobic and misogynist tweets whenever temperatures were recorded above 42 degrees Celsius. Conversely, however, the study showed that hateful tweets increased by 12% when temperatures dropped below minus 3 degrees Celsius.  Data from the study relied on machine-learning algorithms which identified about 75 million hate tweets in written in English in 773 cities across the United States between May 1, 2014 and May 1, 2020. The tweets were documented and statistically compared with the local temperatures. The hateful tweets dropped when temperatures were between 15 to 18 degrees Celsius. More...
Report: 20 million children out of school in Nigeria; sub-Saharan Africa has highest figures for any region globally
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Report: 20 million children out of school in Nigeria; sub-Saharan Africa has highest figures for any region globally

About 20 million children in Nigeria are out of school, the highest figure in the world for a single country, according to newly-released data from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Three countries were identified as having the highest number of children out of school: India, Nigeria and Pakistan. In other parts of Africa, Ethiopia has 10.5 million children out of school, the Democratic Republic of Congo has 5.9 million, and Kenya has 1.8 million, according to UNESCO. The number of children out of school in Nigeria have fluctuated between 10.5 million and about 15 million for more than a decade. UNESCO said there are "244 million children and youth between the ages of 6 and 18 worldwide (who) are still out of school.” UNESCO announce...
Why is swimming so “white”?
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Why is swimming so “white”?

Recently during an episode of the BLK News Now! YouTube Vlog “FalCo Files,” I was presented with a question about my opinion of an annoying stereotype. I shared, that in my opinion, one annoying stereotype is the “myth” that I can’t swim because of a pervasive stereotype that Black people can’t swim — or fear water because we will allegedly do anything to avoid getting our hair wet. I resisted leaning into this “stereotype?” because I know quite a few Black people who can swim, including myself from a young age. But a revelation from BLK News Now! Editor Corey that he cannot swim (and fears the ocean) was the beginning of an eye-opening look at how common it is that Black Americans can’t swim. Upon Corey’s admission — and mention of a study supporting this age-old belief that many Black ki...
Study: Nigeria tops list of English-speaking countries interested in cryptocurrencies
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Study: Nigeria tops list of English-speaking countries interested in cryptocurrencies

A new study released this week indicates Nigeria has shown more interest in cryptocurrencies than any other English-speaking country. Nigeria received a score of 371 in the study which analyzed Google Trends data for multiple cryptocurrency-related searches. The study, which was released by price tracker CoinGecko, combined the search terms to rank every English-speaking nation. The United Arab Emirates and Singapore followed behind Nigeria on the list. Among 15 English-speaking countries, the United States ranked at number 12 on the list. For comparison, Canada and the United Kingdom, came in at 6 and 5, respectively. More about the cryptocurrency study can be found here.
Who is the Grandmother of Juneteenth?
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Who is the Grandmother of Juneteenth?

In case you didn’t know, grandmothers aren’t just for kids. And Juneteenth is no exception. Some people may not know Opal Lee, but she has been dubbed  the grandmother of Juneteenth — and for good reason. For those who don’t know Opal Lee, she is a mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and friend to many. She is also a teacher, counselor and most notably to this day, at the age of 95, she continues to work as a civil rights activist which led to people coining her name as the Grandmother of Juneteenth. Opal is the oldest of three children, born October 7, 1926, in Marshall, Texas. Her parents later bought a house in the Sycamore Park area in Fort Worth — a predominantly white neighborhood, which would later set the stage for a tragic event that she never forgot. At the age of 12, on June 19,...
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Study finds deaths among Black and Latino men in L.A. jails misclassified

A recently released study says deaths involving incarcerated Black and Latino men in L.A. County jails were misclassified by authorities. According to researchers at UCLA, the cause of death for many Black and Latino men in L.A. County jails was misclassified as natural or undetermined, often to conceal beatings at the hands of jail guards. The report was a part of a study released on Wednesday that analyzed the deaths of 59 men over a 10-year period between 2009 and 2019. Researchers said more than 75 percent of the jail deaths occurred before the inmates stood trial. There were 292 deaths in L.A. County jails reported during the 10-year period. According to the researchers, security holds prevented them from accessing case files of the remaining reported deaths. L.A. County officia...
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Study: Telemedicine narrowed gap between Black and non-Black patients accessing primary care in 2020

A study released this week indicates the gap between Black and non-Black patients who visited their primary care providers narrowed significantly during the pandemic in 2020. Completed primary care visits among Black patients jumped to 80% in 2020 compared to about 60% in 2019. Completed visits among non-Black patients increased by about 10% — 60% in 2019 to 70% in 2020, according to the study. The findings came from researchers at Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and were published in the Telemedicine and e-Health journal. The study used electronic health records from more than 1.9 million appointments and compared data during four 3-month periods in 2020 with data from 2019. The data was provided by 60 primary care clinics in the Philadelphia area. ...