Health Disparities Health Equity Systemic Racism

My Juneteenth Video Appeal: The Lethal Impact of Health Disparities and Systemic Racism

I don’t enjoy politics and I am not a political person. Frankly, I don’t think this is about politics. This is about sharing what’s in my heart. This is about caring for your fellow human beings. It’s about compassion. It’s about loving your neighbor and being a good person.

I’m also not skilled in writing or talking about racism, but I feel compelled to speak out. Below is my Juneteenth manifesto. It was inspired by a blog post I wrote a couple of weeks ago. Here’s an excerpt from that post that will serve as an introduction to this video:

The frustration and anger we’re seeing as protests erupt around our nation are deeply rooted in a long history of racial injustice. And the impact goes far beyond police officers killing innocent black men and women. In fact, when it comes to health and healthcare, racial injustice is far more lethal. To understand that, we need to look no further than the disproportionate toll COVID-19 has taken on communities of color. In the US, black Americans are dying of COVID-19 at nearly three times the rate of white people. The economic impact on black Americans has been equally disproportionate. As an industry and as a people, we have to do better. We have to commit to developing a healthcare system that is accessible, equitable, inclusive, and just. Nothing less is acceptable.

2 comments on “My Juneteenth Video Appeal: The Lethal Impact of Health Disparities and Systemic Racism

  1. Bravo, Dan. I hope this does become a movement. Yours is an eloquent and knowledgeable voice to get it started.

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