We All Bleed Red: Racial Conceptions of Biology and Medicine The role of racial characteristics in American medical thought is explored by Dr. Michael Byrd and Dr. Linda Clayton in their journal article, “Race, Medicine, and Health Care in the United States: a Historical Survey.” Drs. Byrd and Clayton start their article by defining “race” and “racism” in its different contexts, moving from historical ideas of race as subspecies to metaracism— defined as systematic racism, devoid of individual thought or racial malice The foundational assumption of the author’s argument is that “Black intellectual and biological inferiority has been an assumption in Western scientific and lay cultures for more than a thousand years.” (Byrd, 145)
The novel ‘Jasper Jones’ by Craig Silvey is centred around a young man named Charlie Bucktin living in the little Australian town of Corrigan in the late 1960 's. Charlie is presented with the issues of racial prejudice, shamefulness, and moral dishonesty. He is tested to address the idealism of right from wrong and acknowledges that the law doesn 't generally maintain equity. The thoughts are depicted through Silvey 's utilization of story traditions which are to either challenge or reinforce our values, states of mind and convictions on the issues brought before us. The 1960 's was an extremely dull period for numerous individuals whose race was recognizably unique - different to that of the “white” population.
Dr. Smith practiced medicine for 25 years, primarily at the Free Negro Orphan Asylum. He frequently gave speeches against slavery, and wrote essays for antislavery publications, including the Emancipator and the Liberator. Smith used science and his knowledge of medicine to refute false claims of slavery advocates. In one essay, he marshaled statistics against a minister's claim that slaves in the South were more content than free blacks in the North. In another, he applied his medical knowledge to counter assertions about black health and insanity.
Born in 1925 in Monroe, North Carolina, Robert F. Williams was the grandchild of former slaves who left home at an early age and ended up enlisted in the Marines. He returned home in 1955, founding and becoming President of Monroe’s chapter of the NAACP where he recruited the working class along with the unemployed to create an unprecedented chapter. “We ended up with a chapter that was unique in the whole NAACP because of working class composition and a leadership that was not middle class. Most important, we had a strong representation of returned veterans who were very militant and didn’t scare easy.” (In Memory of Robert F. Williams)
The African-Canadian Legal Clinic (ACCLC) is a non-profit organization, aimed at addressing racism towards black Canadians and, more specifically, offering legal aid for African Canadians. African-Canadian Legal Clinic is organized under four services, each with their unique goals. These include, Legal Services, Youth and Justice Education Program, Youth Justice Program, and Adult Justice Program. The Legal services, deals with addressing commonly held polices which trigger systematic racism and, in turn, puts black Canadians at a disadvantage. ACCLC has an objective to observe new legislation that has an effect on the social welfare of African Canadians.
Steven Lawson views Lyndon Johnson as the ‘foremost practitioner of civil rights ever to occupy the White House’ and believes that he was in fact driven to improve the lives and status of Black Americans. However, he argues that his civil rights effort was weakened by both his obsessions with maintaining a ‘middle ground’ and the external factors which contributed to the breakdown of consensus. Lawson claims that Johnson felt that it was his ‘moral obligation [to help] every person of every skin colour’ and that it was the tragic death of Kennedy which enabled him to carry out this. He contradicts the argument laid out by Robert Caro that Johnson’s civil rights interest was influenced by political motives and that he pressured into acting
Richard Wright’s “Big Black Good Man” addresses racial prejudice that was occurring during a time of segregation in America. Based on the story, it is easy to infer that Wright was pessimistic about race relations in the US. Wright depicts the main character, Olaf, as a well-rounded man who claims to be accepting of all people, no matter their race. In reality, Olaf is unconsciously affected by racism and prejudice. When a large African American man requests a room in his workplace, Olaf plans to refuse the man simply because of his race and immense size.
Between the years of 1800 and 1900, the North American social and political landscape changed by the presence of so many African people, who brought with them several centuries of civilization. Africanized America in terms of medicine. In this paper, I will be exploring the influence of Africans on the American traditions of medicine. Africans, and their descendants, contributed to the richness and fullness of American culture from its beginnings. Their contributions in early America, for which they have received little or no credit, include the development of vaccines (including vaccination for smallpox), cures for snake bites, birthing procedures, introduction of therapy, and cure for vaginal fistula, foundation of face surgery and introduction
Jamaica Kincaid 's A Small Place examines the historical/social context of how Antiguans dealt racism through slavery after an oppressive European colonization. Kincaid reveals that European colonization resulted in Antigua dealing with injustice such as corruption and poverty. She argues Europeans and Americans traveling to Antigua are focused on the beautiful scenery, which is not a correct representation of the day to day lives of Antiguans. Although racism has many negative effects, Kincaid seemed to state the benefits of Europeans’ colonialism and how it contributed to her life such by introducing the English language and the library that helped her to become a writer. Kincaid states that we “cannot get over the past, cannot forgive and cannot forget” (26); therefore, Kincaid feels that the past influences the present.
Hello everyone, my name is Karrie Dang and I 'm currently a 3rd year majoring in Public Health. I decide to take this class because I need it in order satisfy my last upper division theme requirement. Another reason is I find the class interesting and I hope to learn more about how racism affects the communities. I look forward to hearing everyone discussion!
Andrade, Heather Russell. “Revising Critical Judgments of ‘The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man.’” African American Review, vol. 40, no. 2, 2006, pp. 257–270. Accessed 11 Nov 2016
Less than ten percent of mental health cases in the African American community is reported to health center. However, that statistics does not cover the amount of people who suffer from these behind closed doors. There is a stigma place in the Black community, that if you seek or speak out about your mental Illness you are perceived as weak or less of a person. The question that have arose is where this stigma stemmed from. Through research, the most reoccurring explanation is that there is not enough mental health care centers in areas that black people are populated.