I find it interesting that you think that racial issues and socio-economic issues are mutually exclusive. Are you just totally ignorant of the many studies that have been done to show the vast economic disparities between Black people and other racial groups? Or are you just playing ignorant because you thought it necessary to come into a post and insert your unsolicited, privileged opinions over the rest of us silly Black folks? No, I will not provide links on the socio-economic disparities. You can find them yourself, rather than demanding that every PoC here spoon feeds you an education.
then we need to think about why that is (by we I mean black women and sometimes black men who have checked their misogyny at the fucking door)..instead of blaming…
Ok, so, any sources that show a direct link between racism and all of this shit? Or is it just more Freudian theories backed up by weekly correlating data and a bow tie to try and pull everything together?
It’s not so much a racial issue as it is a socio-economic one. I find that the people trying to make everything out to be a racial issue are often cherry picking and making sure their results support their pre-conceived notions, because more often than not, there’s no real causation.
Also “Perceived Racism” and actual racism are two very different things.
I’ll play nice and give you a few links about the things you asked about, though. So. Let’s talk about Black women and health, shall we? Let’s talk about how unfounded, inaccurate racial stereotypes are taken as fact in the medical world, and how Black people have to be sicker than white people in order to get the same diagnosis for a condition. I know I said I wouldn’t give links, but, I changed my mind, so let’s talk about socio-econimic disparities in racial minorities and the effects of said disparities on physical and psychological health”; while we’re at it, let’s talk about how racism has a direct effect on heart conditions as well as a direct effect on mental health.
Let’s talk about how areas with higher PoC populations have less medical centers,and the fact that Black people are more likely to require treatment but less likely to receive said treatment. Shall we also get into how due to socio-economic status, and the placement of medical centers, many Black people can’t walk to these centers (some aren’t in good enough health to, either) and can’t afford the transportation it would take, nor can they afford the insurance that would cover said testing/treatment to begin with? Shall we get into how socioeconomic status and its relationship to dietary options. In fact, let’s linger on that one for a bit. Let’s discuss how low socioeconomic status not only has an effect on how Black people (and other PoC) navigate the health care system.
Funny enough, one of the articles states, “In fact, clinical trials are the only way to get white America to believe that racism causes trauma in the lives of African Americans.” You actually proved this point. Funny how that works, is it not? No, I won’t tell you which article it came from. You’ll have to read them all yourself and find out.
Let’s talk about one more thing, yeah? (No, I’m not done with you yet.) Let’s talk about how long it took me to find all of those articles. It took me less than two minutes to pull these articles up. No, that’s not an exaggeration. Less than two. Minutes. In fact, if you want to be approximate, it took me exactly one minute and 48 seconds. I timed it for your benefit. It’s amazing what Google can do, isn’t it? An yet, you found it easier to come and insist that we all provide proof for you. Well, here you have it. All the resources you could imagine. But the funny thing is that you’re still going to insist that race has nothing to do with it, aren’t you? Because you weren’t looking for answers. You just wanted to lord your unwanted opinions over what the rest of us know and recognize to be fact not only through statistics—-we don’t need them—but through live and shared experience. This is our lives. We don’t need fancy numbers calculated by white people to tell us Black folk what we already knew about our own community.
Actually, I lied. Let’s talk about one more thing. Your “perceived racism remark.” Ha! Because the millions of us on this planet are just living the same incorrect, irrational, made up fantasy, right? Has it ever occurred to you that we perceive racism because it’s there? And that you might not see it because it doesn’t affect you? I already know it hasn’t; you’ve said the same exact thing that thousands of white people before you have said. An none of them were able to comprehend that our lives are different from theirs either. But hey, now you know! So you don’t get to use that excuse.
OH! ONE MORE THING. Last thing, I promise. The nerve of you, coming into a discussion to demand proof. Well guess what? You got many links. And instead of demanding more, you should be saying “Thank you for taking the time out of your day to educate me on matters that I— rather than derailing a conversation on a problem within a community that isn’t my own and passive aggressively demanding an education—could’ve looked up myself.” And you owe everyone here an apology.
Take the rest of the night and read everything carefully, and do some research of your own, and don’t come back. Instead of asking for us to give you proof, why don’t you take a minute and LOOK IT UP YOURSELF? I changed my mind about discussing things with you. Let’s not discuss anything. Instead, you take those articles—take your condescending, derailing bullshit too—and hit the road.
Nobody asked for your thoughts on our very real problems. Pack up an ship out. Nobody invited you.
A New England Journal of Medicine article from May 2009 reported geographic clusters of parents who choose not to vaccinate their children, including several areas where the rate of non-medical exemptions are higher than 10 percent.
Lewis said while most of the time the children will be safe, there are serious risks to not vaccinating children, particularly with outbreaks of measles and pertussis. Those diseases can cause pneumonia, blindness and brain infection, she said.
Unvaccinated children also threaten children who can’t get immunized for health reasons like cancer. “People who can’t get vaccinated because of a medical reason really rely on everyone else to protect them,” Ernst said. “You hate to tell people what to do, but I am worried about misinformation out there on the Web …
“Vaccines have been the single most effective public health intervention. They have saved countless lives globally. It’s sad to see people not scared of diseases anymore.
Yeah, you know how you read up on history and how the average expectancy was some bullshit number like 30 or whatever?* It’s not like someone hits 30 and keels over of old age. It’s lots of people dying in childhood dragging that number down. Guess what they died of? ALL THAT SHIT THEY HAVE VACCINES FOR NOW.
* Guess how long it took for the average global lifespan to get above 30? *Jeopardy music* LIKE
TEN A HUNDRED THOUSAND YEARS (cite) (I am an ignoramus and forgot how long ago the Paleolithic was). Note that if you made it out of childhood your life expectancy went up quite a bit.
we often forget that we’re already practicing a form of transhumanism — it has simply been obscured with medical discourses about health and repair and defining what it means to be human by projecting an ideal body-state. every time you take a pill or get a medical procedure, you are practicing body modification. we are already “enhancing” abilities, altering our emotional states through technological intervention. and these transformations are rarely as neutral as a personal choice: some normalization of bodies is almost always required to gain entry to basic services, when these indirectly enforced alterations to the self are ubiquitous/affordable enough to be accessed at all.
if we begin to view all medical intervention as body modification, we open up possibilities for bodies that are not subject to guidelines of health and normalcy which too easily become boundaries to be maintained and policed instead of freely chosen or rejected modifications based on the desire of the individual to prolong their life or change their experience of/ability to act within the world.
rather than the right to medical care being predicated on a rhetoric of dysfunction and the patient’s financial resources, body self-determination can become the basis of our ethical position for providing assistance.
/embarrassing myself with words
Via Tor.com, the prolific paranormal fantasy author L. A. Banks has passed away, a few months after it came out that she had late-stage adrenal cancer and was struggling to pay her medical bills while providing for herself and her daughter. Not unexpected, but incredibly sad (and angry-making) nonetheless.