Editorial| Volume 29, ISSUE 10, P1074-1076, October 2021

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What Are the Data Really Telling Us About Systemic Racism?

      In 2020, the global population witnessed undeniable evidence in the US of racism, including documented episodes of violence against individuals of color and devastatingly differential effects of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Though marginalized individuals and communities have long recognized the detrimental impacts of systemic bias, antiracist rhetoric and policies are only beginning to gain traction among powerholders in society at large and in our healthcare institutions. As our healthcare systems and institutions work to adopt antiracist policies, we need to understand complex factors contributing to disparities and apply intentionally antiracist lenses to our assessments of evidence from clinical practice and research inquiries. The study by Perez et al. in this issue of the Journal provides an excellent opportunity to consider the role of race in our practice and scholarship.
      • Perez A
      • Manning KJ
      • Powell W
      • et al.
      Cognitive impairment in older incarcerated males: education and race considerations.
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