Racism and Whiteness

Public health impacts of racism


Within the context of '60s and '70s black radicalism, health

was a powerful and elastic political lexicon that could signify many ideals simultaneously. In settings where racial oppression was more commonly advanced through social abandon (e.g., nonexistent or insufficient social welfare programs) and social control (e.g., police harassment, medical mistreatment) than through staunch Jim Crow practices, health was a site where the stakes of injustice could be exposed and a prism through which struggles for equality could be refracted [1].

Topics in racism

Related topics

Some RPH events about racism


  1. Blitz, Lisa and Pender Greene, Mary, Eds., Racism and Racial Identity: Reflections on Urban Practice in Mental Health and Social Services. New York, Haworth Press, 2006.
  2. Hoberman, John, Black and Blue: The Origins and Consequences of Medical Racism. Univ. of California Press, 2012.
  3. Hoftrichter, Richard & Raji Bhatia, eds., Tackling Health Inequities through Public Health Practice: Theory to Action, Second Edition. Oxford University Press, 2010
  4. Institute of Medicine, Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care. National Academy Press, 2002.
  5. Leary, Joy, Post-Traumatic Slavery Syndrome: America's Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing. Uptone Press, 2005.
  6. Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (2012) Report on the Extrajudigial Killings of 120 Black People. http://mxgm.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/07_24_Report_all_rev_protected.pdf
  7. PBS. "Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?" Los Angeles, California Newsreel, 2008. 4-hour, 7-parts.
  8. Smith, Jeremy, Jason Marsh & Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, Are We Born Racist? New Insights from Neuroscience and Positive Psychology. Beacon Press, 2010.
  9. Steele, Claude, Whistling Vivaldi: And Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us. WW Norton & Co, 2011.
  10. Sue, D. et al., "Racial Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Implications for Clinical Practice," American Psychologist, Vol. 62, No. 4, 2007.
  11. Washington, Harriet, Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present. Doubleday, 2007.
1. Nelson, A. (2011). Body and soul: The Black Panther Party and the fight against medical discrimination. University of Minnesota Press.
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