Modern Day Drapetomania: Calling Out Scientific Racism
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Dec. 6 at noon
Join School of Medicine's Drs. Ijeoma Opara, Nakia Allen and Latonya Riddle-Jones as they present on the topic of their recently published JOURNAL OF INTERNAL MEDICINE article.
Understanding and addressing scientific racism is a critical topic and game-changing toward dismantling structural & institutional racism in science, medicine, healthcare, & public health. Key Points discussed:
- Racism in Medicine has deep historical roots in white supremacy and anti-Blackness, particularly the pathologizing of Black bodies through pseudoscientific claims of the biological significance of the sociopolitical construct that is “race”, which is often incorrectly conflated with “genetic ancestry” (Scientific Racism).
- Scientific racism persists in modern medicine & research in the ways we continue to frame racial health disparities as a result of biological differences among racialized categories devoid of historical & sociopolitical context; as well as utilize race as an independent risk factor for disease incorporating it into clinical algorithms, & “race correcting” equations that inform medical decision-making, thereby contributing to racial disparities.
- In order to dismantle racism in medicine, research, & healthcare, we must eliminate scientific racism by identifying & excising it from clinical algorithms & medical decision-making equations; expunging it from the publication process through critical antiracist peer-reviewing & editorship; transformation of medical & scientific education throughout the career continuum (from undergraduate studies through faculty development); & advocacy work to impact academic partnerships with patients, marginalized communities, & policy makers that prioritize the social & structural determinants of health to positively impact health outcomes.
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