David R. Williams

How racism makes us sick

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Why does race matter so profoundly for health? David R. Williams developed a scale to measure the impact of discrimination on well-being, going beyond traditional measures like income and education to reveal how factors like implicit bias, residential segregation and negative stereotypes create and sustain inequality. In this eye-opening talk, Williams presents evidence for how racism is producing a rigged system — and offers hopeful examples of programs across the US that are working to dismantle discrimination.

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David R. Williams · Public health sociologist

David R. Williams asks: What if we decided to tackle the striking levels of early death and poor health that are due to the color of one's skin?

David R. Williams asks: What if we decided to tackle the striking levels of early death and poor health that are due to the color of one's skin?