New and Dangerous Ideas



Writing this piece, I was pushed by the anger I constantly feel anytime I am reminded of the state of black women’s health in our country. As a black woman in a world that constantly reminds black people that we do not matter, hearing about the negative experiences black women face at the hands of healthcare professionals is incredibly frightening. It begs this question to be asked: Where are we safe? Racism (racist beliefs and acts) has real repercussions that sometimes put minoritized groups in deadly situations.

Due to a combination of implicit bias and structural inequalities, black women have more negative health outcomes than their white counterparts. In some instances, this results in death. My hope through this piece is that more people will learn about this matter and learn how social issues are interconnected. We are the leaders of tomorrow and knowledge is power. The more we know, the better we can do.