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Dec242012

POLITICS (Demographics/Health): Report, commentary, "Blacks in California are forgotten minority"....

* Orange County Register (Daniel Weintraub):  "Blacks in California are forgotten minority" - From the Register:

As California's Latino and Asian populations expand and whites become just another ingredient in the state's increasingly complex ethnic stew, African-Americans are at risk of becoming California's forgotten, and overlooked, minority. And as much as we would like to live in a color-blind society, the truth remains that there are stubborn differences in the lives – and deaths – of Californians when viewed through the lens of race and ethnicity.

Consider cancer. Blacks in California are more likely to get cancer and, once diagnosed, far more likely to die from it than other ethnic groups. No one knows exactly why. There are many suspected causes, from genetics to environment, social conditions, behavior, culture and access to high-quality health care. The answer might be a combination of all of the above, and more.

I moderated a panel discussion in Los Angeles earlier this month in which three experts – and the audience – explored the reasons for this disparity and possible solutions. It's a difficult problem, and the group, of course, didn't solve it. But the highlights of the discussion, hosted by Zocalo Public Square, are worth recounting here.................