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“Legacy”: Dr. Uché Blackstock on How Racism Shapes Healthcare in America

Written by on 01/02/2024

On the first day of Black History Month, we take a look at how racism shapes healthcare in America. We speak with Dr. Uché Blackstock about her new book, Legacy: A Black Physician Reckons with Racism in Medicine. The instant New York Times best-selling book tells her family’s story through multiple generations of Black women physicians while revealing the history of racism that created today’s disparities in medical training and treatment in America. “I use my mother’s story and my story to really emphasize how deeply embedded systemic racism is in our country, in the past and in the present,” says Blackstock. “There is nothing biologically wrong with Black people … but there is something very wrong with the social institutions, not just healthcare, within our country that are deeply embedded with bias and racism.”

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