Letter from the Editor: Highlighting racial disparities in mental healthcare
Written by Honor Whiteman on July 29, 2020
As a white person living in the United Kingdom, I’ve been blind to the glaring racism that continues to happen all around us.
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We’re in the 21st century, and I’ve been going about my day-to-day life wearing rose colored glasses. While racism should be a thing of the past, the sad reality is that it’s very much the present.
In the United States, Black people are almost five times more likely to report being unfairly stopped by the police because of their race or ethnicity than white people.
Black people in the U.S. are also up to 2.5 times more likely than white people to be killed by police. This is shocking, and the sad truth is that statistics like these will come as no surprise to Black communities.
On a personal level, these past few weeks have made me realize that I need to do much more to help address systemic racism. It starts with educating myself on the issues that Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) are facing every day.
As a health media company, we have to do more. We need to bring the problem of health inequity to the fore. We’ve neglected to do this in the past, but it’s something we’ve vowed to address going forward.