Barriers to care for Black women include not having insurance coverage, prejudice from physicians, and feelings of shame and isolation.
Usha Lee McFarlingI learned so much writing this story, so a🧵The pain of these women is compounded by the legacy of racist stereotypes about Black women, sexuality, and fertility that date back to times of slavery when women were valued by how much they could breed.
Many physicians are concerned that fear is keeping patients with sickle cell disease from seeking the care and pain management they need.
Usha Lee McFarling“It’s a disease where there is so much stigma, so much isolation, and questions like what will the future look like, and how early will I die? For once, people with #SickleCell feel exactly the same way as everyone else.” My latest story statnews.com/2020/09/17/sic… via @statnews
Many Black men feel wearing a mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus puts them at risk of being targeted by police.
Usha Lee McFarling“I want to stay alive but I also want to stay alive.” A choice no one should have to make. My latest for @statnews
Usha Lee McFarlingOne Black man in a mask was stopped by an officer coming out of a store with a shopping cart bc he “looked like he was up to something.” What was in the cart? Flowers to plant in his yard. #maskingwhileblack