As long as we live in an unequal society, science and medicine will always have a long way to go. #BlackLivesMatter
This is racism in medical history.
It’s been 12 days of protests since George Floyd died. This is a second in comparison to more than four centuries of subjugation. But it’s not just thanks to the police and military. Science and medicine were not exceptions.
While doing this ‘Graphic Design Is Not My Passion‘ project, I better understood how we are raised to blindly accept or ignore immoral and unethical practices. We keep these unconscious biases because of tradition, because of outdated laws, because of our privilege, and because of the strength of those who wish to keep the status quo.
We now take for granted the existence of ethical review boards and medical privacy laws. But these came with high costs. As long as we live in an unequal society, science and medicine will always have a long way to go. #BlackLivesMatter
This post only features four examples of racism in medicine history. There are countless more, including the use of blackface, segregation, and racial IQ studies. Today, African Americans still face racism in pain assessment and treatment, in opportunities within medical professions, and in access to health care.