by Peter Goffin
Originally published: February 21, 2017
Racism will shatter a person’s self-esteem, rob them of their sense of security, sink their feelings of belonging. But, according to some health authorities, racial discrimination can have a broad, damaging effect on physical health as well.
A Toronto doctor is urging public health officials to add racism to the list of social conditions that help or hinder health quality, alongside such factors as income, employment and education.
Dr. Onye Nnorom, of the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health says that, in particular, Canadians who identify as black suffer worse socioeconomic outcomes than non-minorities and, as a result, have worse health outcomes.