How Prejudice Can Harm Your Health (by Dhruv Khullar, NYTimes)
“We tend to think of discrimination as a moral or legal issue, and perhaps, in the case of immigration, an economic one. But it’s also a medical issue with important public health consequences. A growing body of evidence suggests that racial and sexual discrimination is toxic to the cells, organs and minds of those who experience it.
Research suggests that discrimination is internalized over a lifetime, and linked to a variety of poor health markers and outcomes…”
Related research: Everyday discrimination, lifetime discrimination, burden of discrimination, and stress from discrimination were examined among 4939 participants aged 35 to 84 years (women = 3123; men = 1816). We estimated prevalence ratios of hypertension by discrimination, and adjusted for age, gender, socioeconomic status, and risk factors.
Link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3477918/ (Perceived Discrimination and Hypertension Among African Americans in the Jackson Heart Study–Published in American Journal of Public Health, 2012 May; 102(Suppl 2): S258–S265.)
Additional read: Is it possible to cure prejudice and racism? (https://www.vice.com/en_nz/article/is-it-possible-to-cure-prejudice-and-racism)