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Medicine’s privileged gatekeepers: Producing harmful ignorance about racism and health

N. Krieger, R.W. Boyd, F. De Maio, & A. Maybank
Health Affairs Blog

Ignorance is neither neutral nor benign, especially when it cloaks evidence of harm. And when ignorance is produced and entrenched by gatekeeper medical institutions, as has been the case with obfuscation of at least 200 years of knowledge about racism and health, the damage is compounded. The racialized inequities exposed this past year—involving COVID-19, police brutality, environmental injustice, attacks on democratic governance, and more—have sparked mainstream awareness of structural racism and heightened scrutiny of the roles of scientific institutions in perpetuating ignorance about how racism harms health.

Krieger N, Boyd RW, De Maio F, Maybank A. Medicine’s privileged gatekeepers: Producing harmful ignorance about racism and health. Health Affairs Blog. 2021 Apr 20. doi: 10.1377/hblog20210415.305480

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