Original Post: Racism is a Health Crisis, says Black Muslim Physician
When protests broke out over the deaths the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, internal medicine specialist, Dr. Constance Shabazz joined the global outcry. She shared the historical and modern connections between racism and healthcare with AboutIslam and why many medical professionals consider racism a medical crisis.
A History of Medical Racism
Dr. Shabazz contended that racism remains a major health issue for Black Americans.
“We were forcibly brought into this country in unsanitary conditions and poor nutrition, all hallmarks of racism and health.
“[Slaveowners] forced back into the fields right after giving birth with no time for healing. Then we have people like J. Marion Sims, noted as the father of gynecology, took enslaved women sold to him for use and experimented on them against their will and without anesthesia.
“Physicians are less likely to offer African Americans pain medications. We are all assumed to be drug addicts.”
Dr. Shabazz explained to About Islam ways racism in healthcare affect People of Color during the COVID pandemic.
“It ripped off a band aid, exposing the racist systems in healthcare and everywhere else. There is no effective way to deal with COVID, any other health crisis or the underlying systemic race issues until we deal with racism. It will affect all of it. We have to deal with all of them.”