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Medicine and Society from The New England Journal of Medicine — How Structural Racism Works — Racist Policies as a Root Cause of U.S. Racial Health Inequities

  • Confronting racism requires not only changing individual attitudes but also transforming and dismantling the policies and institutions that undergird the U.S. racial hierarchy.

    For the medical field this starts with: embracing the intellectual project of documenting the health impact of racism, increasing the availability of data that include race and ethnicity, the medical and public health communities need to turn a lens on ourselves, both as individuals and as institutions, and, finally, we should acknowledge that structural racism has been challenged, perhaps most successfully, by mass social movements. #BLM