Opinion: Use ‘racial privilege’ — not race — to measure and understand health

When I go to a health care provider and check “Black” for my race or ethnicity, it means that my provider — before even seeing me — knows I have dark skin and “different” hair. But the biases or stereotypes emanating from my answer could include assumptions that I have no husband, limited education, or earn a low income or none.

What would be far more helpful than a “race” checkbox is a racial privilege index.

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