Race, Health, and Social Justice

This resource page has been created to assist MUSC faculty, students, and staff interested in including teaching materials in the classroom or in personal development. The list is not exhaustive, but we hope it provides a starting place.

Podcasts and Webinars

The Impact of Race on the Health and Wellbeing of the Nation (Webinar series)

The Nocturnists—Black Voices in Health Care Series

Race, Violence, & Medicine (Dr. Brian Williams)

Websites

Institute for Healing and Justice

Structcomp.org (Includes training resources and webinar series)

Structural Competency: New Medicine for Inequalities that are Making Us Sick

Non-Fiction Books

Breathing Race Into the Machine: The Surprising Career of the Spirometer from Plantation to Genetics, Lundy Braun

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism, Robin Diangelo

Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life, Barbara J. Fields and Karen Elise Fields

Communities of Health Care Justice, Charlene Galameau

Blood Sugar: Racial Pharmacology and Food Justice in Black America, Anthony Ryan Hatch

Black Man in a White Coat: The Origins and Consequences of Medical Racism, John Hoberman

Health and Social Justice: Politics, Ideology, and Inequity in the Distribution of Disease, Richard Hofrichter

How to Be an Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, Ibram X. Kendi

Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequality in American Health Care, Dayna Bowen Matthew

So You Want to Talk about Race, Ijeoma Oluo

Medical Bondage, Deirdre Cooper Owens

Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology, Deirdre Cooper Owens

Fatal Invention, Dorothy Roberts

Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty, Dorothy Roberts

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, Richard Rothstein

Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present, Harriet A. Washington

The Inner Work of Social Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness, Rhonda V. Magee and John Kabat-Zinn

Literary Fiction and Poetry

“Sonny’s Blues,” James Baldwin (short story)

Kindred and other novels, Octavia Butler

Won't You Celebrate with Me? Lucille Clifton (poem)

A Coda to History, Kwame Dawes (poem)

Trayvon, Redux, Rita Dove Rita Dove (poem)

A Lesson Before Dying and other novels, Ernest Gaines

“The Sky is Gray,” Ernest Gaines (short story)

Rosa Parks, Nikki Giovanni (poem)

I, Too, Langston Hughes (poem)

Patient, Bettina Judd (poetry collection)

After Images, Audre Lorde (poem)

Beloved, The Bluest Eye, and other novels, Toni Morrison

Ballad of Birmingham, Dudley Randall (poem)

From Citizen, Claudia Rankine (poetry collection)

All the Dead Boys Look Like Me, Christopher Soto (poem)

“Beauty: When the Other Dancer is the Self,” Alice Walker (short story)

Sent for You Yesterday and other novels, John Edgar Wideman

Films, Documentaries, and TV Special Reports

Black Mothers Keep Dying After Giving Birth: Shalon Irving’s Story Explains Why

Death by Delivery

Food Apartheid

Just Mercy

Mrs. Evers’ Boys

Place Matters

  • Available for FREE through MUSC Library’s Kanopy subscription (entire series is worth a watch)

Precious
Race: The Power of an Illusion

  • Available for FREE through MUSC Library’s Kanopy subscription

Serena Williams: What My Life-threatening Experience Taught Me about Birth

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The UCC’s “Toxic Wastes & Race at Twenty” (2007)

Unnatural Causes: Bad Sugar

  • Available for FREE through MUSC Library’s Kanopy subscription (entire series is worth a watch)

Essays, Articles, Special Reports

Myths about Physical Racial Differences were Used to Justify Slavery – and Are Still Believed by Doctors Today

Race Rx: Anti-Racism Efforts at Warren Alpert Medical School

Racial bias in pain assessment and treatment recommendations, and false beliefs about biological differences between blacks and whites

Racism, Violence, and Health

Setting the Standard for Holistic Care of and for Black Women

Speaking of Racism, Not Race, as a Risk Factor

The ‘African Gene’ Theory: It Is Time to Stop Teaching and Promoting the Slavery Hypertension Hypothesis

Using critical consciousness to inform health professions education

UW Medicine to Exclude Race from Calculation of eGFR (Measure of Kidney Function)

Why It’s a Mistake for Medical Schools to Ignore Social Justice

Other Recommended Reading Lists

A Reading List for Understanding Race in America

29 Books that Support Racial Understanding