Have you ever been to the doctor and told the pain or discomfort you are feeling isn't real or isn't serious? Do you worry that, in an emergency, unconscious bias could delay or deny you life-saving care? If you are a person of color, this is an all too common experience. Today we are learning how a history of racism in American medicine combined with unconscious bias from health care professionals is impacting the quality of care people of color receive today.
OPTION 1: Watch this interview with Harriet Washington, author of Medical Apartheid, who talks about how, even though the worst medical practices of 18th and 19th centuries are over, a lot of medical research studies can still be abusive.
OPTION 2: Read this article about the dangerous racial and ethnic stereotypes that still exist in medicine today and how they impact the care people of color receive from their health care providers.
OPTION 3: Listen to this podcast about how unconscious bias becomes dangerous in emergency medical situations where providers are much more likely to default to making decisions based on stereotypes.
OPTION 4: Read about how outbreaks of new diseases have historically led to racial scapegoating and why we need to be vigilant against rising anti-Asian racism fueled by fear of COVID-19.
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.