For Minority Health Month our reading list illustrates how settler-colonialism is an ongoing project dependent on ensuring that health inequities affecting BIPOC continue to thrive.
April is National Minority Health Month. Like many different iterations of white supremacy and systemic oppression, “good health” is discussed in ways that put the onus of health on the individual rather than interrogate how power structures are responsible for the suffering of Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) and other marginalized peoples. In the United States, health disparities that disproportionately affect BIPOC of all classes can be traced back to the foundations of this settler-colonial nation and continue to show that the most marginalized are intentionally harmed by this imperialist white supremacist capitalist patriarchy. Settler-colonialism is an ongoing project dependent on ensuring that these inequities thrive.
Wear Your Voice has published hundreds of pieces that illustrate how these oppressions affect our health, how they are sustained by government policy and social beliefs. As such, we thought it would be of use to provide a curated list of those pieces to give our readers an understanding of different aspects of health and how perspectives on health are skewed by white supremacy, capitalism, cis heteropatriarchy, ableism, fatphobia, and other oppressions and biases.