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March 24, 2023 6:42 pm

Imani, I think it is great that you are bringing attention to this problem in our society. These issues don’t get discussed as often as they should, and I agree with you when you say we need change. I think it is important when you said “In more recent times, this oppression has manifested itself in other ways. For example, a man was recently shot multiple times by police officers because they assumed he was a threat due to his size and the fact that he was wearing black clothes” because it highlights that this form of oppression based on harmful stereotypes is still going on today and not just a thing of the past. When you discuss inequity in healthcare, I was reminded of the book “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” because it heavily discusses how African Americans have been taken advantage of in the healthcare system, I recommend reading it if you would like more information in this area. Thanks for writing this, I am looking forward to reading more from you in the future!

March 24, 2023 6:35 pm

This is an awesome post, Imani. The topics you talked about were very hard and emotional subjects that society doesn’t acknowledge or want to acknowledge. As a Black woman myself, it makes me sad that when I have a medical emergency I can’t fully trust the doctors because of the bias toward Black women. Lastly, it also makes me sad that Black people especially women don’t know much about medical terms and so it makes it hard for them to understand exactly what is happening to their bodies.

March 23, 2023 9:58 pm

This is very moving. While also being a woman of color, have you had any of your own unpleasant experiences with doctors

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