Dr. Vishal Kumar talks with special guest Dante D. King about some of the historical origins of health inequities, and persistent biases we see in our healthcare settings today. *Trigger Warning: Sexual assault is mentioned from 9:29-17:30.
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In this episode, guest host Dr. Vishal Kumar interviews educator and author Dante King about America’s history of black subjugation and persistent biases in our healthcare settings today.
First, Mr. King gives examples of historical case law and statutes that disenfranchised African Americans and placed them in derogatory and undignified positions. Some examples include the Fugitive Slave Act (1850), as well as various state laws that sought to claim ownership over black people and make sexually assault of black women legally permissible. A key court decision, Geroge v. State (1872) had ruled that rape was only considered a crime when committed against white women. We follow this thread of dehumanization of black women through modern day medicine, in which the maternal mortality rate reflects significantly higher rates in African American women.
Dr. Kumar highlights recent studies that show the presence of implicit bias, as well as its intergenerational effects. He notes that privilege involves more than just perks and benefits; it encompasses the lack of barriers and obstacles in society. He also encourages listeners to realize that healthcare providers deny the benefit of the doubt to certain populations, which results in harmful under-intervention or over-intervention.
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Yale Preschool Study:
https://medicine.yale.edu/childstudy/zigler/publications/Preschool Implicit Bias Policy Brief_final_9_26_276766_5379_v1.pdf
Race and Intergenerational Economic Opportunity Study: