Episode 145: Racial Capitalism & COVID-19

For today’s episode, Tyrell and Daphne discuss health inequity within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. They are joined by Dr. Whitney Laster Pirtle, an assistant professor of Sociology at UC Merced. During the conversation, they discuss misconceptions about health issues in the Black community (36:00), the role of racial capitalism in shaping health outcomes (38:13), and other mechanisms behind COVID-19 disparities (40:13). Dr. Pirtle also shares her thoughts on the governmental response to COVID-19 (47:00), provides insight into the role of mistrust in shaping Black participation in COVID-19 vaccine trials (50:33), and makes the case for structural—rather than individual—solutions to improving health outcomes within marginalized communities (56:25).

Other Topics Include

00:30 - Catch Up with Tyrell and Daphne

05:05 - BhD “Oh Lawd” News

28:08 - Introduction of the Topic

30:55 - Learn More About Dr. Whitney Laster Pirtle

48:50 - Defining Racial Capitalism

1:0015 - Universal Healthcare as a Structural Solution

1:05:40 - Tyrell and Daphne Reflect on the Interview


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