Nov 30, 2020 • 1HR 2M

4: The Magical Negro: Tackling the “Blacks Can Take More Pain” Theory

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On the upcoming season of Sick Empire you’ll hear Branden Janese ask critical questions surrounding Black trauma and centering conversations around healing. What does the path to freedom in healthcare look like for all Black Americans? Season One of Sick Empire exposed the social ills highlighted by the coronavirus. Now, Season Two will focus on the healing steps. Our new season will highlight the ways to heal Black trauma, as well as the history behind Black folx and their forms of healing. We will feature the voices of holistic healers, root workers, doulas, Black financial health experts, nutritionists, prison abolitionists, historians and folx who specialize in treating Black American mental health.
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The episode of Sick Empire dives into the data and science behind the notion that Black People can take more pain than other people. Why do physicians perceive Black people differently? Does the myth of the “strong Black woman” lead to the contributions of maternal mortality and morbidity? These are modern beliefs that come from slavery and it’s time to expose the sickness of racism in our public health systems. You’ll hear researchers Kelly Hoffman and Faith Mitchell in conversation with Branden Janese, talk candidly about their findings on the inequities in healthcare, and the history of the Magical Negro.