Recent events in the US have included protests against the brutality meted out to Black Americans by the criminal justice system, and exposure of the disparate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on communities of color engendered by social and economic inequality, with its consequences for housing and health care. These events have sparked a long-overdue societal examination of the impact of structural racism. Certainly, the Wang N article, entitled “Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity: Evolution of Race and Ethnicity…” published March 2020 in JAHA is horribly incorrect, harmful, and promotes racial discrimination. In the process, issues of “white privilege” and implicit bias cry out for attention by all citizens, and the hope for redress has again been enkindled. Medical education and postgraduate training are areas in special need.
In this spirit, the Association of Black Cardiologists issues a call to our professional colleagues to participate with us in activities and approaches that seek to enhance awareness of structural problems and to embark on specific corrective strategies. Though medical education and postgraduate training have their own special needs, the ultimate goal is to improve the health status – cardiovascular and total – of Black Americans and other disadvantaged minorities by actions that improve access to and use of high-quality health care.