Weekend Reading | June 6
Here are the articles that informed our perspective this week.
Uché Blackstock, Scientific American, April 7
This older piece by Uché Blackstock explores how the COVID-19 crisis amplifies racialized health disparities. “Black Americans will be more vulnerable to the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic because of several manifestations of structural racism, including lack of access to testing, a higher chronic disease burden and racial bias within health care institutions.”
The Washington Post, June 3
Our racial inequality crisis is intertwined with our climate crisis: people of color disproportionately bear the burdens of climate change. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson weighs in for The Washington Post.
Yaryna Serkez, The New York Times, June 4
This short read by Yarnya Serkez points to data collected from major cities across America, illustrating health inequities at a larger scale. “Decades of systematic racism have also left their marks on health inequality. In low-income communities that are also deeply concentrated with people of color, the prevalence of health conditions that are risk factors for Covid-19 is two to three times higher than the median.”
Ibram X. Kendi, The Atlantic, June 1
This article from Ibram X. Kendi draws important connections between public health and criminology, between the pandemic and the murders of Black individuals.