Cultural Book of Choice SynthesisDiscuss the issue of race ,sexism, prejudice, discrimination or persecution by synthesizing ideas from your book of choice, The Gardener video and your own experience. Essay length should be 1000-1200 words not including the reference list.Begin your discussion by briefly explaining and describing The Gardener related to race only (see Jones 2000) and a discussion of the book you read. You can also include in your discussion other issues in the book or from your own experience related to sexism, persecution or prejudice.Your paper needs to include a thoughtful and thorough discussion of the following questions:
The issue of race, sexism, prejudice, persecution, and discrimination has been a long-standing problem in society. Medical practitioners and students must be aware of this problem to provide equitable healthcare for all individuals. This essay will discuss the issue of race and its relation to The Gardener video and the book “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot. It will also provide examples of racism, sexism, persecution, and discrimination, interventions to improve the disparity in health, and two elements that highlight the book.
Share an example of racism, sexism, or persecution that you have witnessed, experienced, or read about in your book of choice. Be specific.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks demonstrates a clear example of racial discrimination. The story of Henrietta Lacks, an African American woman who died of cervical cancer, highlights the rampant practice of using African American patients as experimental subjects. Henrietta’s cancer cells were taken without her consent or knowledge and later used for scientific research. The cells, called HeLa cells, were used to study polio, HIV, and cancer. Despite her contributions to the scientific community, Henrietta was not given the proper recognition, and her family endured various forms of exploitation.
Choose an example of discrimination based on observable behavior. What was actually said or done that was discriminatory? What is the level of discrimination (think in terms of Gardener’s levels of racism) and why do you think so?
A clear example of discrimination based on observable behavior is found in The Gardener video. In the video, a man on a street corner asks two separate individuals for directions. The first individual is a white woman, to whom he is polite and respectful in his approach. However, when he approaches the second individual, a young African American male, he is much more abrasive and confrontational in his questioning. The level of discrimination in this case can be categorized as institutional racism. The man’s behavior reflects the systemic and ingrained prejudices within society towards the African American race.
Identify one intervention that you or someone else might have contributed to a better outcome in the example you shared. How might this intervention improve the disparity in health between racial groups?
One intervention that could have contributed to a better outcome in the case of Henrietta Lacks is to ensure informed consent when conducting research. Researchers must obtain the patient’s or their family’s consent before using their genetic materials for research. Adequate compensation should also be provided to the patient or their family for their contributions. This intervention could improve the disparity in health between racial groups by promoting trust in the healthcare system and ensuring that minority communities are not exploited.
Finally, describe two elements (event, incident, dialogue, discussion, scene, etc.) that you consider highlights in the book and why that a highlight.
One element that stands out in “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” is the discussion on racism in medical research. The book illustrates how African Americans have been and continue to be exploited in medical research. Another element is the interaction between the Lacks family and Rebecca Skloot, the author. The interaction shows the challenges of conducting research on a sensitive matter and highlights the need for open communication and mutual trust between researchers and participants.
In conclusion, the issue of race, sexism, prejudice, persecution, and discrimination is still prevalent in today’s society. Medical practitioners and students must be aware of this problem to provide equitable healthcare for all individuals. The Gardener and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks provide insight into this issue and emphasize the need to address it. By increasing awareness and implementing interventions, we can improve the disparity in health between racial groups and promote a more just healthcare system.
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