Empathy, Education and Respect: A Prescription for Racism in Medicine

A story of meeting – about a topic, with a listening rule, to hear people’s lived experience – heartening to learn that humility, curiosity and empathy arise … read this

A Better NHS

What can we do about racism in medicine?

“Change means growth and growth can be painful. But we sharpen self-definition by exposing the self in work and struggle together with those we define as different from ourselves, although sharing the same goals.”

Audre Lorde

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I grew up in Kent, in South East England in the 1970s and 80s. I didn’t meet anyone who wasn’t white until I was about 12 or 13 years old. My only exposure to black people was in National Geographic magazines where they were an exotic curiosity or occasionally on television where I remember children’s TV Play School presenter Floella Benjamin and decathlete Daley Thompson. It was normal when I was growing up to hear adults refer to black people as ‘Wogs’ or ‘Coons’. I remember coming to London once with my dad to watch a Rugby match and seeing a Black man on the underground…

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