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Health Consequences of American Racism

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Getting It Right With Dr Boles

Getting It Right With Dr Boles


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It is August 2012 and in America, race still matters. Tears of joy were shed by those who were part of the combative struggles of the 60’s and early 70’s when a true African-American took the oath of office as the 44th President of the United States. My heart and soul celebrated the election of Barack Obama and I smile perpetually when I think of Michelle and her daughters. It is wonderful to identify with educated and successful leaders who look a lot like me. This visual identification is predicated on a tacit understanding of what Michelle and Barack overcame to become who they are now. Skin color matters in America and a person of color must remain sober in these times despite the heady jubilation spurred by the election of the new president 
   I was vividly reminded of this recently when I answered the phone at a friend’s office and the speaker asked for a colleague who was not there; the caller did not want to leave a message. When my colleague returned, I told her of the call and her first question to me was, “Was the caller black or white?” I answered the question , then thought about how our thinking is programmed to a racial classification even when the person is not seen - we are expected to identify race by a voice tone or quality. How is that possible?