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Sickening: Anti-Black Racism and Health Disparities in the United States--Anne Pollock in conversation with Camara Jones

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Sunday, August 15, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Charis welcomes our friend and community member, Anne Pollock in conversation with Camara Jones for a celebration of Sickening: Anti-Black Racism and Health Disparities in the United States. An event-by-event look at how institutionalized racism harms the health of African Americans in the twenty-first century. This event takes place on crowdcast, Charis' virtual event platform. Register here.

A crucial component of anti-Black racism is the unconscionable disparity in health outcomes between Black and white Americans. Sickening examines this institutionalized inequality through dramatic, concrete events from the past two decades, revealing how unequal living conditions and inadequate medical care have become routine. 

From the spike in chronic disease after Hurricane Katrina to the lack of protection for Black residents during the Flint water crisis—and even the life-threatening childbirth experience for tennis star Serena Williams—author Anne Pollock takes readers on a journey through the diversity of anti-Black racism operating in healthcare. She goes beneath the surface to deconstruct the structures that make these events possible, including mass incarceration, police brutality, and the hypervisibility of Black athletes’ bodies. Ultimately, Sickening shows what these shocking events reveal about the everyday racialization of health in the United States.

Concluding with a vital examination of racialized healthcare during the COVID pandemic and the Black Lives Matter rebellions of 2020, Sickening cuts through the mind-numbing statistics to vividly portray healthcare inequalities. In a gripping and passionate style, Pollock shows the devastating reality and consequences of systemic racism on the lives and health of Black Americans. 

Anne Pollock is professor of global health and social medicine at King’s College London. Her research explores feminist, antiracist, and postcolonial engagements with science, technology, and medicine. Broadly, she is engaged in ongoing research in three intersecting areas: racism and health, feminist theory and biomedicine, and social studies of pharmaceuticals. She serves on the Lead Editorial Team of Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience, and as an Associate Editor at BioSocieties. Pollock is the author of Medicating Race: Heart Disease and Durable Preoccupations with Difference and Synthesizing Hope: Matter, Knowledge, and Place in South African Drug Discovery, and Sickening: Anti-Black Racism and Health Disparities in the United States

Camara Phyllis Jones is an American physician, epidemiologist, and anti-racism activist who specializes in the effects of racism and social inequalities on health. She is known for her work in defining institutional racism, personally mediated racism, and internalized racism in the context of modern U.S. race relations. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Jones drew attention to why racism and not race is a risk factor and called for actions to address structural racism.

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Sickening: Anti-Black Racism and Health Disparities in the United States Cover Image
$21.95
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ISBN: 9781517911720
Published: Univ Of Minnesota Press - August 17th, 2021

An event-by-event look at how institutionalized racism harms the health of African Americans in the twenty-first century
 

A crucial component of anti-Black racism is the unconscionable disparity in health outcomes between Black and white Americans.


Medicating Race: Heart Disease and Durable Preoccupations with Difference (Experimental Futures: Technological Lives) Cover Image
$30.99
ISBN: 9780822353447
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Published: Duke University Press - October 2nd, 2012

In Medicating Race, Anne Pollock traces the intersecting discourses of race, pharmaceuticals, and heart disease in the United States over the past century, from the founding of cardiology through the FDA's approval of BiDil, the first drug sanctioned for use in a specific race.


Synthesizing Hope: Matter, Knowledge, and Place in South African Drug Discovery Cover Image
$33.00
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ISBN: 9780226629186
Published: University of Chicago Press - May 8th, 2019

Synthesizing Hope opens up the material and social world of pharmaceuticals by focusing on an unexpected place: iThemba Pharmaceuticals. Founded in 2009 with a name taken from the Zulu word for hope, the small South African startup with an elite international scientific board was tasked with drug discovery for tuberculosis, HIV, and malaria.


Event Summary: 
Charis welcomes our friend and community member, Anne Pollock in conversation with Camara Jones for a celebration of Sickening: Anti-Black Racism and Health Disparities in the United States.