Watching the movie Unnatural Causes made me think about inequities in a new way. Much of what was said echoes my Anthropology 101 class. We learned both in class and the movie how inequities are largely racially based. However, these inequities resulted from systemic racism by our government through the formation of policies throughout history that put African-Americans at a disadvantage. A specific example from the movie was the GI bill after World War II. The bill was passed to provide housing for soldiers and their families once they returned from war. However, this bill was not afforded to African-American soldiers. Over time, most of these families wealth became tied to the property they owned and thus, white families began to accumulate wealth in a way African-Americans could not resulting in a massive wealth inequity which still exists today. And as the movie mentioned several times, economic security plays a large role in the amount of stress a family has to deal with.
In order to remedy this inequity along with the many others, we need policies in place that motivate the fortunate to help the disadvantaged. I feel as though many policies fail because the people in power feel as though passing a bill to help the less fortunate somehow takes money away from them. Overcoming this “us against them” mindset is key in order to move towards change.
My question to you all is, “Do you believe in our current political climate we have the ability to reach health/economic equity?”