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  • Confronting Racism

    COVID-19 has generated renewed attention to the stark racial disparities in health that persist in the United States. The cause of these disparities is racism that manifests in individual behaviors, in laws and policies and in the current and historical structures of almost every aspect of U.S. society.

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  • Racism, Homelessness, and DreamKit

    In order to effectively end mass homelessness, we must first address structural racism. If we fix the homelessness crisis for Black people, we’ll fix it for everyone. Why do Black people make up only 13% of the U.S. population, but represent 40% of the homeless population? It’s because of systemic racism, discrimination and oppression. Even when controlling for poverty, Black Americans are dramatically more likely than Whites to become homeless.

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  • Our Country’s Pathogen

    In 1886, at a celebration of the 24th anniversary of emancipation in the District of Columbia, Frederick Douglass gave a speech in which he described the basic contributing factors to systemic racism in the United States.

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  • Two Public Health Crises, One Root Cause

    We are living through an unprecedented time of two public health crises – COVID-19 and police brutality – one caused by a new coronavirus and the other by racism that has persisted for centuries.

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  • Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. George Floyd. Say Their Names

    2020 –The perfect vision year. A year for reflection. A time to contemplate what came before and what is ahead. Days into its sixth month, one thing is certain: 2020 has laid bare the results of an uncured and oft ignored disease that pervades our society–racism.

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  • Protesting Amid a Pandemic

    Public health is a diverse discipline. Here at Yale School of Public Health, we have researchers working on every aspect of the field, from basic laboratory science to evaluating the implications of social and economic policies on health outcomes. As protests have broken out across the country in the wake of the murder of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota, many have joined the marches, which have become a larger crusade against racism and white supremacy in American life.

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  • We Can and Will do More

    Throughout history, groups with resources and power have sought to exert control over other groups through violence. Terror and subterfuge were key tools in the subjugation and genocide of Native Americans and the theft of their lands. From the 16th to the 19th centuries, the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database suggests that 12.5 million Africans were kidnapped and shipped to the Americas. We have seen near-enslavement of Latinx and Asian persons for forced farm or railroad construction labor in the 19th and 20th centuries.

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