We know that racism impacts every facet of life and especially that of the health of our communities.
The acts of violence against the Black community are horrifying, and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black, Indigenous and underserved communities has further shed light on injustices that have existed for centuries.
Libraries have always been places of learning, and in these times, they can also be places of un-learning and re-learning. For those looking for resources that can help to educate (or re-educate), please consider the following as starting points:
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Damon Tweedy is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke and a practitioner at the Durham VA Medical Center. In his first book, Black Man in a White Coat,: A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine, he explores the significance of race in the medical world. Tracing his own experience as a medical student on a full scholarship—who at one point is mistaken for a maintenance worker—Dr. Tweedy exposes some of his profession’s outdated assumptions, while also showing the very real impact of socio-economic factors on the health of black Americans.
A podcast from NPR, Code Switch explores the overlapping themes of race, ethnicity and culture, how they play out in our lives and communities, and how all of this is shifting.