structural racism

How Structural Racism Harms Black Americans’ Health

Data on systemic inequities reveal the barriers that lead to harder, shorter lives

By Brian W. Simpson and Keshia Pollack Porter

Committed to “justice for all” but stained by its long history of racism, the U.S. still falls tragically short on its promise for Black people. Structural racism and its complex system of barriers make it harder for Black people to succeed, prosper, and enjoy good health.

From housing and education, to income and incarceration, Blacks do not enjoy the same social and economic opportunities as whites. And, as a wide array of data make clear,  America’s stacked deck has profound consequences for Black Americans’ health.