The responsibilities of a doctor to its patient, or a health researcher to its community, are many: safety, support and equity chief among them. The power and privilege health professionals wield as stewards of health and wellbeing is tremendous and thus must include consideration of the structures and systems preventing all patients and all communities from achieving good health.
Structural racism and disproportionate use of lethal force by law enforcement officers against communities of color is not new nor is the impact of structural racism in health care and health research.
“Video evidence and the advent of the Black Lives Matter movement have forced our nation to begin to grapple with the insidiousness of racism in America,” said Rachel Hardeman, Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant professor in the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. “Structural racism causes widespread suffering and we all have a role to play in dismantling it.”