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Researchers have discovered that African American children with asthma in metropolitan Washington, DC, are significantly more likely to have low levels of vitamin D than healthy African American children.
Vitamin D insufficiency is more prevalent among African Americans than other Americans and, in North America, most young, healthy blacks do not achieve optimal 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] concentrations at any time of year. Researchers say it is primarily due to the fact that pigmentation in their skin reduces the amount of vitamin D produced in the skin.
“When they say ‘We want to go white,’ they have a very smooth way of saying it, and the recent one is the word traditional. [I've heard] ‘Oh, you know, you’re just not what we were looking for, your skin is a little darker.’ Compared to what?! My skin is just my skin. It’s dark if you compare it to someone who’s lighter.”