Systemic racism

A lot of people feel that racism “doesn’t exist anymore”: after all, we have got the same rights, privileges, and obligations, isn’t it? Well, reality proves itself not to be quite so simple.

Black-women are 4 times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than white women. While melanoma is much less likely to happen in those of ethnic origins, they are still much more likely to die from it. People who had less “white-sounding names” in their resume received 40% less callbacks when applying for a job than those with “white-sounding” names.

All of these are instances, and side effects of what we call “systemic racism”: we look at a certain race, gender, and disposition as the “average” and the “regular” and any deviation from that is treated with prejudice.

Doctors aren’t usually taught how to look for, and spot, melanoma on darker skin tones. Likewise, they aren’t taught how to look for certain signs that show pregnancy is a high risk in black women.

Hopefully, making our education more inclusive and finding workarounds for these small prejudices that still have big effects can help us create a more equal society.

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