Discussion Questions

  1. Microaggressions can be understood as a death of one thousand cuts—seemingly minor experiences that, over time, can create significant health consequences. Do you believe that some people are too sensitive, or do you believe that microaggressions have the power to kill? Explain using at least one specific example to support your discussion.
  2. There is evidence to suggest that simply living as a person of color in the United States can result in poor health. How might discrimination in education, economy, and housing create a perfect storm for discrimination in healthcare? Is it possible for people of color to avoid these related negative health outcomes? Why or why not?
  3. Racial discrimination can come as a result of medical training. How would you work to improve training of medical workers to decrease levels of discrimination in healthcare settings? What do you think is the most important training that is required?