TO DENIGRATE, IGNORE, OR DISRUPT: Racial Inequality in Health and the Impact of a Policy-induced Breakdown of African American Communities

  title={TO DENIGRATE, IGNORE, OR DISRUPT: Racial Inequality in Health and the Impact of a Policy-induced Breakdown of African American Communities},
  author={Arline T Geronimus and J. Phillip Thompson},
  journal={Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race},
  pages={247 - 279}
  • A. Geronimus, J. Thompson
  • Published 1 September 2004
  • Political Science
  • Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race
In this article we seek to show that prevailing ideological viewpoints on Black health misinterpret Black behavior, and that dominant racial ideologies themselves have negative health effects on African American communities. Second, we show that public policies and practices reflecting prevailing ideological viewpoints harm African American communities. Together, these ideologies and policies undermine Black health by adversely impacting the immune, metabolic, and cardiovascular systems… 
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