“I have become convinced that it is only by naming racism, asking the question “How is racism operating here?” and then mobilizing with others to actually confront the system and dismantle it that we can have any significant or lasting impacts on the pervasive “racial” health disparities that have plagued this country for centuries.”
Dr. Camara Jones, Research Director on Social Determinants of Health and Equity within the Division of Adult and Community Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
I totally agree with this perspective. I often hear people say “we need to talk about it,” but rarely is it followed by “we need to do something.” It is not enough to discuss racism, or acknowledge its existence in America. It’s time to actually make changes. We have the data, the statistics, the evidence, of racial and ethnic disparity. We see the social inequalities and injustices that minorities face in this country. I makes me proud to see people protesting and airing their grievances, but there must be systematic changes; institutional racism must be addressed and dealt with before this country can move forward.
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Read my latest article for some suggestions on creating systemic changes.