Making The Case That Discrimination Is Bad For Your Health

Shalon Irving, a public health researcher who worked for the Centers for Disease Control and and Prevention who was studying the physical toll that discrimination exacts on physical health, died just a few weeks after giving birth to her daughter, Soleil. Black women are 243% more likely than white women to die during or shortly after childbirth.

The researcher who coined the term “weathering” talks with Gene Demby about health, hard data, and why it took so long for people to come around to the idea that discrimination hurts bodies.

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