Video Blog: rACE-ism

This is my first attempt at a semi-instructional conversation starter about racism and how it impacts health. I can’t reiterate it enough:

1. I am not an expert on racism. I am just a guy who believes in health for all and a professional who is willing to dive into the data with an open mind.

2. I do not have “all the answers”….I don’t even have all the questions……I do have the ability to start a conversation with people who can help.

3. There is no goal or agenda here…..I have no affiliation….this is me speaking as me (and ME). I welcome ANY voice to weigh in…..as long as that voice is respectful and approaching the conversation with an open mind. In plain English…..I am a curious human…..one who likes to come to informed conclusions……I look to others to help me understand so I can FREELY arrive at my OWN conclusions……so, I don’t need to be convinced……and I assume the same is true for you.


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IMPORTANT TO NOTE

In an effort to be thorough, it is important to note that in the video I did not mention that the group with the highest total number of ACEs: the most socioeconomically disadvantaged white children. Although this should never be discounted (IMO reducing the number of children experiencing ACEs is a “target zero”, as in none, in any race kind of thing), there are some important qualifiers to understand at the population level.

First – the number of non-Hispanic White Americans that struggle with poverty is 18 million, which, although unacceptably large in my opinion, translates to about 9% of the (198 million non-Hispanic White) total number of citizens. This rate is higher for every other major race/ethnic group; slightly higher for Asian/Pacific Island/Hawaiian at 10% (of 20M) and Native American/Alaskan at 11.6% (of 4.3M) and more than double for children of color with Black at 19.6% (of 44M) and Hispanic/LatinX at 18.5% (of 60M).

Next – If we “level” the numbers, by considering proportionality (the percentage struggling in proportion to the the total percentage of the population) the disparity remains. Whereas Black Americans are only 13.4% of the population, they represent 21% of the population struggling with poverty. Hispanic/LatinX Americans represent 18% of the overall population, but nearly 28% of the population struggling with poverty. The Native American/Alaskan population and the Asian/Pacific Island/Native Hawaiian population, if all things were equal, are about where the numbers might suggest. The Native American/Alaskan population represents 1.3% of the citizens and 1.24% of the citizens struggling with poverty and the Asian/Pacific Island/Native Hawaiian population which represents 6% of the population accounts for 5% of the citizens struggling with poverty. One group appears to proportionally doing substantially better in this regard, non-Hispanic White citizens, who account for 60% of the US population but less than 45% of the population struggling with poverty.