Category Archives: Racism

Overflowing Disparities: Examining the Availability of Litter Bins in New York City

The 1980s marked the birth of the modern environmental justice movements thanks to civil rights activists’ concerns about the disproportionate placements of landfills in low-income and Black communities. (see our Environmental Justice Spotify playlist here) Similar environmental injustice concerns are … Continue reading

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In New York City, pandemic policing reproduced familiar patterns of racial disparities

In the past month, New York City has rolled back most of the public health mandates first put in place to control the spread of COVID-19 in early 2020, such as social distancing and mask wearing mandates. Now, new research … Continue reading

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“Black men loving Black men is the revolutionary act”1: Racial sexual exclusivity as both an effect and a protection against discrimination for Black sexual minority men

Often in public health, sexual relationships between Black gay, bisexual, and other sexual minority men (SMM) are framed as sources of risk and disease, especially in terms of HIV transmission. However, Black queer activists have long known that cultivating loving … Continue reading

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Criminogenic or criminalized? Testing an assumption for expanding criminogenic risk assessment.

Proponents of criminogenic risk assessment and algorithmic prediction for criminal recidivism have called for its widespread expansion throughout the criminal justice system, including for setting bail, pre-trial detention decisions, sentencing, and even policing. Its success in predicting recidivism is taken … Continue reading

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Leaving racism behind: residential migration and Black-White health disparities

Cluster member Sarah McKetta, working with Lisa Bates, Mark Hatzenbuehler, Bruce Link, Charissa Pratt, and Katherine Keyes, recently published research regarding state-level racism, residential mobility, and Black-White health disparities. Studies consistently demonstrate that among racial minorities, living in a more … Continue reading

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Racial discrimination, socioeconomic position, and illicit drug use among US Blacks

A recent paper published in Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology by Keyes, Fink and colleagues assesses the relationship between self-reported racial discrimination and illicit drug use among US Blacks and whether this association differs by socioeconomic position. Using data from the National … Continue reading

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