Structural Racism Is A Public Health Issue: “Why Your Doctor Should Care About Social Justice”
“It’s time for us to rise up, and collectively speak up about structural inequality. We don’t have to have all the answers to call for change. We just need courage.”
In this talk, New York City Health Commissioner Mary Bassett describes health disparities as being structural violence.
“Structural because inequities are embedded in the political and economic organization of our social world, often in ways that are invisible to those with privilege and power.
And violence, because of its impact. Premature deaths, suffering, illness, is violence. We do little for our patients if we fails to recognize these social injustices.
And a lot of this is about racial disparities and institutionalized racism.”
From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones, MSW, LLMSW