From the Everything Is Racist department, Paul Sacca at The Blaze pointed out that health reporter Jacqueline Howard ginned up a CNN.com article titled: “Daylight Saving Time sheds light on lack of sleep’s disproportionate impact in communities of color.“
Surprise, surprise — Howard used to be a writer for The Huffington Post. It’s a lateral liberal move to CNN.
The latest inequity article began:
As the United States rolled back the clocks one hour this month to observe the end of Daylight Saving Time, many people got a bit more sleep than usual – but some not as much as others.
Growing evidence shows that lack of sleep and sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea, remain more prevalent in Black, Asian, and Hispanic or Latino communities, and these inequities can have long-term detrimental implications for physical health, even raising the risk of certain chronic diseases.
“Sleep researchers” underlined the CNN thesis:
“Poor sleep is associated with a host of poor health outcomes, including obesity, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and certain cancers, including of the breast and colon. Many of these health outcomes are more prevalent in the Black population,” said Chandra Jackson, a researcher and epidemiologist with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, who has been studying racial and ethnic disparities in sleep.
We’re told “it’s not that White adults don’t also experience a lack of sleep and its health consequences – but people of color appear to disproportionately experience them more, and that’s believed to be largely due to social systems in the United States.”
Jackson isn’t finished with the grand theorizing:
Jackson added that she often reflects on how the shooting death of Breonna Taylor in Louisville in March 2020 and the shooting of George Floyd’s 4-year-old grandniece in Houston on New Year’s Day both happened when they were asleep – and how systems of structural racism in the US can cultivate conditions that make such incidents more likely to happen in Black communities. “This would require research,” she said.
Well, it doesn’t require research to get a push from CNN.
Howard then includes “examples of structural racism” that can affect health: “discriminatory mortgage lending,” how “predominantly white school districts tend to get more funding,” and “even how hair discrimination may contribute to some Black women using potentially harmful chemical hair products.”
Howard is eager to share studies that show racism in health outcomes, like this in October:
Black and Hispanic adults who go into cardiac arrest in public are less likely to receive CPR from anyone standing by before a medical team arrives, a new study finds https://t.co/yIebrHFYBR
— CNN (@CNN) October 28, 2022