Bipartisan group to hold police reform talks as George Floyd Act stalls in Senate

Representative Karen Bass, a Democrat from California and chair of the Democratic Black Caucus, speaks during an event with members of the Democratic caucus on the East Front steps of the U.S. Capitol before a vote on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020 in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, June 25, 2020. Stefani … Read more

Commentary: After Chauvin Verdict, Time to Get to Work

April 22, 2021 — On Tuesday, April 20, the country braced for the impact of the verdict in the murder trial of George Floyd. If we are completely honest, the country — and particularly the African-American community — had significant doubts the jury would render a guilty verdict, despite overwhelming evidence presented by prosecutors. … Read more

Top JAMA Editor Out Amid Podcast Investigation

March 25, 2021 — One of the top research journals in the United States has placed its editor in chief on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into a controversial podcast episode that critics labeled as racist. The American Medical Association’s Journal Oversight Committee announced that Howard Bauchner, MD, is on leave beginning at … Read more

Fallout from JAMA Podcast Continues

March 10, 2021 — One of the country’s top medical research journals is facing calls for an investigation after a controversial — and since deleted — podcast questioned whether structural racism exists. More than 2,000 people have signed a petition on calling for an investigation at JAMA — the journal of the American … Read more

Dr. Seuss books shoot to the top of Amazon’s bestseller list

Dr. Seuss’ never-before-published book, “What Pet Should I Get?” is seen on display on the day it is released for sale at the Books and Books store on July 28, 2015 in Coral Gables, United States. Joe Raedle | Getty Images Books by Dr. Seuss have flooded Amazon‘s U.S. bestseller list, after it was announced … Read more

JAMA Podcast on Racism in Medicine Faces Backlash

This story was updated March 5.  March 4, 2021 — A 16-minute podcast from JAMA: TheJournal of the American Medical Association that attempts to discuss structural racism in the U.S. health care system has stirred conversation on social media about the handling and promotion of the episode. Published on Feb. 23, the … Read more

Lawsuit in US accuses Amazon of ‘systemic’ racism in corporate offices

A lawsuit filed in US federal court on Monday accused Amazon of keeping women and Black employees down while publicly talking up the need for diversity and social justice. Charlotte Newman, who is Black and heads Underrepresented Founder Startup Business Development at Amazon Web Services, said in the suit she has been harassed, sexually assaulted, … Read more

Legacy Racist Mortgage ‘Redlining’, Fewer Green Spaces

THURSDAY, Jan. 28, 2021 (HealthDay News) — A racist mortgage appraisal practice used in the United States decades ago has resulted in less green space in some urban neighborhoods today, researchers say.         Those so-called “redlined” neighborhoods have higher rates of air and noise pollution, racial segregation and poverty — all of … Read more

Many Don’t See Link Between Racism, Health Outcomes

By Robert PreidtHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Many Americans most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic don’t believe that racism is associated with poorer health, a nationwide poll shows. The ongoing poll of more than 4,000 lower- and middle-income Americans focuses on communities of color. “It really struck us … Read more