Last month, the radio presenter Clara Amfo sent a poignant message to listeners explaining why she hadn’t been at work the day before at BBC Radio 1.
“We talk a lot about mental health. And mine was in a really, really bad way yesterday.”
She spoke candidly of sitting on the sofa in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, crying, confused, upset at the news of “yet another brutalised black body”, and being unable to just suppress this and chirpily ask on live radio whether everyone had had a nice weekend.Do you suppose the news that he held a gun to a pregnant woman's belly during one of his armed robberies caused her any 'pain' or 'confusion'?
There is a tendency to assume that ethnic differences in levels of risk for diseases are down to inherent biological differences. This assumption itself is a result of historical ideas of what race is, and the false notion that race is more of a biological reality than a social one with biological consequences.Farrah Jarral is a broadcaster and doctor. Yes. A doctor.
Chae’s team measured racism by proxy, by looking at numbers of Google searches that used a racial slur. They mapped out the United States into chunks and coded them green, yellow, orange or red depending on whether the searches for slurs were greater or lower than average. The map itself is fascinating, with patches of the deep south covered in red. The map revealed that where the use of slurs was highest, mortality in black people was also significantly higher.Correlation isn't causation, and maybe, just maybe, it's the presence of large numbers of black people stabbing and shooting each other that's the cause of the slurs, and not the other way around?