November 9, 2020

12:00am - 11:59pm

"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." – James Baldwin

The history of the exploitation and brutalization of people of color by doctors and others in the medical field is one of America's most tragic and largely untold stories. Thanks to the work of people like Harriet Washington, author of Medical Apartheid, there is a new willingness to grapple with the impact of this trauma. Knowing our past is the first step toward a more equitable future.


OPTION 1: Watch this video about the history of institutional racism in American medicine and how racist 18th-century beliefs and practices are still leading to adverse health outcomes for people of color today.

OPTION 2: Listen to this podcast about the U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Buck v. Bell, that institutionalized the racist eugenics movement and led to 70,000 forced sterilizations of people of color and people with physical and mental disabilities.

OPTION 3: Read this article about how racist stereotypes led to the forced sterilization of approximately 20,000 people-- many of them Latinx-- in California and how this is echoed in the political landscape today.

The Racial Justice and Social Equity series is hosted by Worthington Libraries and the City of Worthington Community Relations Commission. The work of the YWCA of Greater Cleveland, which developed the series' daily challenges, is gratefully acknowledged.

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