D’Arcy Island, as seen by its west side by kayak. (Ebklassen/WikiCommons)

“‘We’ve heard many racial slurs from President Trump but also we’ve seen rises in anti-Asian violence, and anti-Asian racism in Canada, the U.S., and globally.’

When a disease is racialized, Mawani says, it can have a profound impact on how people are treated or cared for. In fact, a disproportionate number of COVID-related complications and deaths have affected Indigenous, Black and other communities of colour.

She says the history of the island can help us understand how racism continues to affect the way we treat disease.

‘We’re encouraged to believe that we’re all in this together, but we’re not.'”

More here on How a small B.C. island can help us understand the role of racism in disease treatment via CBC.

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