Linda Villarosa on the Impact of a Racial Health System on “Every Body”

After decades of editing reports and stories about the physical and emotional health of black women, Linda Villarosa has realized that everything she thought about health inequality in the United States — everything we all thought — was wrong. In his new book, Under the Skin: The Hidden Impact of Racism on American Lives and the Health of Our NationVillarosa dismisses the concept of the black health crisis as an individual problem and reveals the origins of racism in the current health care system, which he has understood more deeply throughout his career. The essence the magazine, as a university professor, as an assistant writer The New York Times Magazine and the 1619 Project, and his experiences as a Black in the Americas. We talked about the impact that a racist health care system has on every body, and yet what goes on. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

“Queen Mahone.”

Rmade Mahone: How is structural racism affecting not only blacks, but also “the health of our nation”?

Linda Villarosa: Compared to other countries, it’s about what’s happening in the country. Why our country is so rich and why our health care system is so advanced, yet if you look at it from birth to death, we have one of the highest child mortality rates compared to other rich countries. We have one of the lowest life expectancies compared to other rich countries. And in the meantime, we are the only rich country where the maternal death rate is rising. Then I started thinking about these three things, and it also intersects with what happens to blacks, which makes a difference for me.

Blacks have never been in the same health since we came to these shores. And then this is, well, why do we still think of it as a black problem? This is a problem for the whole country. This is a problem that we all need to solve in America. And thinking more broadly helped me say, “Wait a minute, if this isn’t a problem that we blacks need to solve on our own, then I need to find a way to communicate what’s going on.”

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