In the 1850's, black's were experimented on by white doctors to conclude that they don’t experience pain the same. Medical education as recent as 2016 has still reinforced the myth that “people of color experience pain differently.”
Racism, not race, is killing Black, Brown, and Indigenous people. For the first time, a woman is twice as likely to die from pregnancy-related complications as her mother was a generation ago.
The Tuskegee Study started in 1932. It was an unethical experimentation of untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male, conducted by the United States Public Health Service and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman dies at Johns Hopkins. Her cancer cells are the source of the HeLa cell line, the first immortalized human cell line and one of the most important cell lines in medical research history, all captured without consent from her or her family.
Black women with at least a college degree are 5.2 times more likely to die than their white counterparts. Black maternal complication rates are 3.5x higher leading directly to black infant deaths. Of all the midwives and doulas staffed in America, only 2% of them are African American.
COVID-19 is declared a world-wide pandemic forcing nations into mandatory quarantine. However, the death toll for African Americans is 2-3 times higher than white people from the virus.
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