There is no biological basis for “race,” even though people in these groups can share genetic traits. Race is a socially constructed way to categorize people that has changed over time, location, etc.
Instead, we have to consider the biological effects of a shared lived experience; shared social and structural violence--historical and generational trauma--because of skin color.
Fast forward to a present-day example, housing projects continue to be predominantly comprised of Black and Brown populations.
Speaking from experience growing up in Brooklyn, NY, it is impossible to be socially distant or avoid inhaling #coronavirus particles on elevators shared with 100s of a people a day.
Access to testing, diagnosis and care is tied to labor. This is particularly a problem when thinking about health inequities: some Black and Brown workers hold low-wage jobs that do not have benefits like paid sick leave.
Some were forced to choose between keeping a roof over their head and spreading/getting coronavirus, and they chose survival.
A. We have mountains of evidence—across health conditions—to show that Black and Brown people are less likely to receive diagnostic testing, treatment, etc. than Whites.
👂providers not believing what Black and Brown people say about their symptoms
⬅️attributing their symptoms to other causes (w/out adequate workup/investigation)
🛑 blatant racism and discrimination that exist in the healthcare system.
People are tired of being victimized and enduring microaggressions from the very people who vowed to help their health-related concerns.