“The Disparity Despair”

Medical disparities: Confronting race in care | jacksonville.com.

Disparity is such a powerful word. I phonetically love the wicked hiss of the s, but the prefix dis (or should it be diss?), really says it all.

I also appreciate how a unified cabal of urban slang warriors decided one more haughty “s” should alter the definition so that it short-means: disrespected.

It doesn’t matter what noun it’s paired with, the end result is that someone, or some entity, always seems to get “dissed.”

Disparities are curiously present in all things that liberate and uphold one’s civil rights including gender, class, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual preference, and politics. I must commend the daunting word for always resonating  both irony and equity; rarely is anyone disparity spared.

The single disparity that relentlessly musters a “jerk my chain” cliche is: medical, which is what prompted me to expeditiously hyperlink.

Health Care, including affordability and access, has become a hotbed of discussion for social injustice. It’s heated, it’s controversial, it’s personal. Disparities usually are.

Given my medical history and challenges as an African American woman whose economic level has shifted from comfortable, middle-class to will kill for food, I am a life-time member of the coalition to abolish disparate conditions.

Sharing related reading is a mere mission I gladly embrace, because arming the masses with knowledge is the hallmark of every abolitionist’s success.

I trust you’ll enjoy the shared read and further encourage your due pause for thought. May it ignite discourse and inspire you to use your voice to eradicate what’s disparate. Survey what you believe has dissed you most.

2 comments on ““The Disparity Despair”

  1. I love the way that you express yourself. I love your wit, and your honesty. I can see your heart in your words… Know that you are inspiring me, even from such a physical distance.


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