The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that racism — both structural and interpersonal — has a direct, negative effect on the mental and physical health of millions of people of color in America. We hope participating in this race brings you an opportunity to zoom in on racism as a public health crisis.
Due to racism, people of color in Hennepin County statistically have poorer educational outcomes, earn less and are less likely to own homes or have access to quality health care than white people. These disparities have lifelong impacts, including higher disease rates, and, as we’re seeing now, higher rates of COVID-19.
Racial justice is about fixing the system so that we all have equal access to opportunities and tools to lead healthy, abundant lives. Understand more about this issue locally in our blog post here, and more from YWCA USA.
We’ve compiled some community and mentorship organizations, as well as resources, at the intersections of race, racial justice and sports. Continue below to explore these resources and action steps to continue your anti-racist journey.