‘The direct result of racism’: COVID-19 lays bare how discrimination drives health disparities among Black people
As explained in this piece for STAT, the health inequities that Black people suffer from have long been documented. The findings “are part of a mountain of research cataloguing the complex and widespread effects that racism has on the health – and the medical care – of Black people in the U.S. Those effects stretch back centuries and take different forms, from discriminatory diagnostics to institutional barriers to care, all of which affect a person’s health. ”
“The demonstrations sparked by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis have prompted a reckoning over racism and police brutality. But, among those in the medical communities, there have also been calls for urgent action to address the role that systemic racism plays in health disparities among Black people.”
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