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So Cleaver’s point – and I agree – is that Black child suicide is an under-reported, under-researched, and under-examined phenomenon that deserves serious attention.

“This study also revealed that suicides by hanging roughly tripled among Black boys, while remaining virtually unchanged for white children,” Cleaver said in his letter to Obama.

“It is critical that the CDC and ED respond to these troublesome findings with the utmost urgency,” he added. “The health and well-being of our pre-adolescent constituencies is a crucial component to the overall safety of our country.”

Sean Joe, a professor of social work at Washington University in St. Louis, said changing conditions in urban areas have put black children at greater risk.

“I find the rates for children even more troubling, because they are the most vulnerable,” Joe told The New York Times.

While researchers all seem to agree that black child suicides have increased significantly over the years, I agree with Rep. Cleaver that we must move with a sense of urgency to answer an obvious yet perplexing question: Why?

What do you think?

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