“It is a right for which the U.S. stands up in countries across the globe,” she told NewsOne. “Yet in our own nation, our most vulnerable populations lack this same basic opportunity to be safe. Addressing the causes of what perpetuates this continued violence no doubt entails examining many issues from across the spectrum of government and civil society.
“There are three foundational issues that, unless addressed, will continue to feed the cycle of violence in our communities: the persistence of poverty and its disproportionate impact on communities of color, the war on drugs and the way it is enforced disproportionately in communities of color, and easy access to guns across this nation.”
As aforementioned, disparities in health care continue to present a problem for people of color in America. Blacks have a higher death rate than Whites for treatable diseases, such as diabetes, coronary heart disease, and stroke, statistics show.
Hilary O. Shelton, director of the NAACP’s Washington Bureau and senior vice president for advocacy and policy, told NewsOne in the past that President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act should help remove some barriers in health care for African Americans.
Health Insurance Marketplaces should give uninsured Americans or those who buy their own insurance an easier way to shop for insurance coverage. Starting Oct. 1, 2013, Americans can enroll through the Marketplaces for health coverage beginning as early as Jan. 1, 2014.
“We do know that staying healthy relates to a variety of factors, including affordable health care, the environment and education,” Shelton told NewsOne during Minority Health Month in April. “We really hope to educate people about the importance of preventive care.”
Continuing to educate and provide the African-American community with health care is key to helping to stamp out deaths from treatable diseases, such as diabetes and coronary heart disease. In terms of dealing with deaths from homicides, as Kasravi said, much work remains to be done.