Yesterday, I held my first Clubhouse room: Welcome Black Communities, where we shared our healthcare stories. I want to thank those who shared their stories and stopped in to listen.
It was fascinating because we started out talking about self-sabotage, which led to a discussion about Covid. Dr. Sadie McConner made the astute observation that many people are self-sabotaging by not getting vaccinated. As we delved more into why people were vaccine-hesitant, we discussed where people got their information. Dr. Ekta Shah made a fascinating point about people getting their news from social media in echo chambers where a particular ideology dominates. To belong, members cannot question the echo chambers’ values or get kicked out and sometimes bullied. Then somehow, the discussion led to racism. It struck us that at the heart of the struggles and challenges of Black communities is racism.
What patterns do you think will emerge as we continue to share our stories on different topics? How can Black communities create practices that advance our people?