A survey of 222 medical students and white residents in 2016, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, showed that half of them support at least one myth about the physiological differences between black and white, including the fact that black nerve limbs are less sensitive than white ones. Our Declaration of Independence, adopted on July 4, 1776, declares that “all human beings are created equal” and “endowed by the Creator with certain inalienable rights”. “But the whites who wrote these words did not believe that they were true to the hundreds of thousands of blacks among them. Journalist Nicolas Hannah-Jones writes in one of these essays that without the struggle of black Americans for equality, one of the basic principles of America – the power of the people, for the people – would be a lie. The poor health of blacks, the purpose of discrimination for hundreds of years and generations, may portend the future health of an increasingly diverse and unequal America. When asked to assess the extent to which white or black patients feel pain in hypothetical situations, medical students and residents stressed that black people feel less pain. But while the freedom and justice promised to all were brutally rejected, black Americans passionately believed in the American faith. The spread of black music around the world – the spread of darkness in many ways – is a big joke about American racism. And not just for us, the struggle of black legalists has paved the way for all other legal battles, including the struggle for the rights of women and homosexuals, immigrants, and people with disabilities. Black Americans have been and remain the foundation of the idea of American freedom. Loving black culture never meant loving blacks. Without the idealistic, ruthless, and patriotic efforts of black Americans, our democracy today would probably be quite different: it would not be democracy. Critic Wesley Morris also believes in the popularity and legacy of music, rooted in black culture. The old belief in racial differences in physiology continues to mask the brutal effects of discrimination and structural inequality, blaming individuals and their communities for poor health statistics. For centuries of resistance and black protests, we have helped the country to realize its original ideals. Loving black culture can love your life. It also confirms the attractiveness of a man like Rice for a black man who cares about “his” horse.
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