Black Nationalism (BN) – Health Activism


Black Nationalism (BN) – Health Activism

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Source: Black Panther Party – Black Nationalism (BN)

Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination
Alondra Nelson

There are different indigenous nationalist philosophies but the principles of all Black nationalist ideologies are unity and self-determination—that is, separation, or independence, from European society.

Between its founding in 1966 and its formal end in 1980, the Black Panther Party blazed a distinctive trail in American political culture. The Black Panthers are most often remembered for their revolutionary rhetoric and militant action.

The Black Panther Party’s health activism—its network of free health clinics, its campaign to raise awareness about genetic disease, and its challenges to medical discrimination—was an expression of its founding political philosophy and also a recognition that poor blacks were both underserved by mainstream medicine and overexposed to its harms. This legacy—and this struggle—continues today in the commitment of health activists and the fight for universal health care.

Social policies have profound moral implications.

Their current conversation about the health disparities that plague the African-American community and that are, as she puts it, ‘quite literally sickening.’ Second, she adds immeasurably to our knowledge of the Black Panther Party, complicating its commonplace designation as a radical, militant organization to unearth its dedication and hard work in advocating for and providing equal and quality health care for even the most underserved African Americans.

Alondra Nelson (born 1968) is an award-winning American sociologist and author. She is the inaugural Dean of Social Science[1] at Columbia University in the City of New York. On September 1, 2017, she will become President of the Social Science Research Council.

WHAT WAS THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY?  The Black Panther Party was a progressive political organization that stood in the vanguard of the most powerful movement for social change in America since the Revolution of 1776 and the Civil War.  blackpanther.org

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