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Truth is in favor of you and me; for the truth of our enemies whom we have been serving here in the U.S.A. for over 400 years (whom we did not know to be our enemies by nature) is the truth that the Black Man must have knowledge of to be able to keep from falling into the deceiving traps that are being laid by our enemies to catch us in their way which is opposed to the way of righteous of whom we are members. ~ The Honorable Elijah Muhammad

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Health Outcomes of a Racist Society

As if being poor isn't bad enough – and, trust me, the health disparities are bad indeed – it's even worse to be poor and also live in an impoverished neighborhood.  Yet, even that pales in comparison to being poor and Black in America.

I'm writing from Caux, Switzerland where I am part of over 200 people gathered from almost 40 countries to learn about the impact of race and racism on people's lives and find ways to grow, to heal, and to thrive as multi-racial communities. What follows is an integrative summary of several presentations, including those of Harvard Sociologist David Williams and Brian Smedley from the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. The full conference program is available here.

Racial health disparities are not new but most of us don't really know the specifics, possibly because there is relatively little discussion of this both in the media and among health care providers. The data in race-conscious societies are bleak. Not only in the United States, but also in Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, South Africa, and the U.K., non-dominant racial groups have significantly worse health outcomes than the dominant racial group.  | Black Agenda Report

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