If a black woman and a white woman both need emergency obstetric care, a Brazilian doctor will assist the white woman because of the stereotype that black women are better at handling pain and are used to giving birth.
Read the rest of the study at the link, with details on how this racism in healthcare plays out.
African-American women are nearly four times more likely to die of pregnancy-related complications than white women. These rates and disparities have not improved in more than 20 years.
After tasing a black male, the suspected Racist enforcement official shown above kicks the black male’s pregnant sibling in her stomach; his superiors claim it is within policy. What the suspected Racist enforcement officials are really saying is that, under the System of Racism (White Supremacy), any brutality inflicted upon a non-white person is within policy.
Source: Boing Boing
UCLA obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Michael Lu believes that for many women of color, racism over a life time, not just during the nine months of pregnancy, increases the risk of preterm delivery. To improve birth outcomes, Lu argues, we must address the conditions that impact women’s health not just when they become pregnant but from childhood, adolescence and into adulthood.
This video is a Web-exclusive supplement to “When the Bough Breaks,” Episode 2 of “UNNATURAL CAUSES: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?” This ground-breaking documentary series looks at how the social, economic and physical environments in which we are born, live, and work profoundly affect our longevity and health. The series broadcast nationally on PBS in spring 2008, and can be bought on DVD from California Newsreel, www.newsreel.org
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