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How does race and gender intersect?

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How does race and gender intersect?

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Malcolm Shanks
Race Forward
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3 minutes
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15+ Years

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Eliminating racism and transphobia from our world requires examining have a better understanding of how the gender binary functions systemically to maintain white, wealthy, cisgender men and women at the top of a hierarchy of people.

Reflect on these big-idea questions before listening to the webinar. Then revisit them after you finish the webinar. Notice if any of your responses change

Race Forward’s innovative #RaceAnd Webinar series brings you #RaceAnd The Gender Binary, a webinar introduction to the past and present connections between race, colonialism, and the gender binary. Eliminating transphobia from our world requires examining not only bigotry, but also the political and material interests of wealthy and powerful people. By the end of this webinar, participants will have a better understanding of how the gender binary functions systemically to maintain white, wealthy, cisgender men and women at the top of a hierarchy of people

While many of the inequalities in medicine can be attributed to economic factors like access to good health care, studies have shown minority patients tend to receive a lower quality of care than non-minorities, even when they have the same types of health insurance and the same ability to pay for care.

So how do we better understand this divide? History is usually a good place to start. In this installment of Vox and ProPublica’s collaboration, we lay out some of the dark history of race and women’s medicine. We go back to the painful experimentation on slaves for medical science — particularly by one doctor named J. Marion Sims. Sims was known as the “father of modern gynecology,” and his statue stands in Central Park, across from the New York Academy of Medicine. The vestiges of abuse continue to haunt the medical system, and give context to current racial disparities.

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Malcolm Shanks

Malcolm Shanks

Malcolm Shanks (they/them) is a researcher, writer, organizer, and facilitator. They use popular and political education to build strong movements, resilient groups, and connected people. Hailing from Washington, D.C., Malcolm has been involved in political organizing and education for more than a dozen years. They have worked in movements for peace, for gender liberation, for racial justice, and for decolonization. In 2017 they co-created the zine Decolonizing Gender, which has since been discussed, read, and shared in classrooms, museums, and other revolutionary spaces in more than 40 countries and in several languages.

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Race Forward

Race Forward

Since 1981, Race Forward has served as the nation’s oldest multicultural organization bringing systemic analysis and an innovative approach to complex race issues to help people take effective action toward racial equity while catalyzing community, government, and other institutions to dismantle structural racism and create equitable outcomes for all. Race Forward publishes the daily news site Colorlines and presents Facing Race, the country’s largest multiracial conference on racial justice.