Should Patients Undergo Racial Profiling? Essay

1069 Words Sep 30th, 2016 5 Pages
As seems to be the case in every aspect of society, there seems to exist a racial disparity in the way people are medically treated. There are many arguments involved in the debate about whether doctors should racially profile their patients, most of which mimic a general perception in that they understand parts of the complex system of racism in the 21st century, but ignore other facts that are plain to see should one only look. These arguments and their shortfallings relate to the idea that people often overlook the intersection of race with every other identifying feature. One could find this in the social concept of colorblindness or in the fact that white seems to be the default race to those who have never thought about it, even in academic and professional spaces. Furthermore, when these people do acknowledge race, it seems to be in a manner that ignores its social impact. This ties into the idea that, should patients undergo racial profiling, it should be in a way that recognizes race in all its facets. In Laura Briggs’ look at hysteria, a concept whose history is commonly discussed by advocates for women’s rights, she discusses the fact that these conversations have seldom included the seemingly obvious aspect of race. Because this somehow hasn’t come up, many have neglected to think about the fact that a misdiagnosis of hysteria only happened to middle-class white women, which in a way contends that this is, to some, the “default” demographic of women. Briggs says…

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