International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 2021

Elsevier, 21 March 2021

On March 21, The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on the day the police in Sharpeville, South Africa, opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against apartheid "pass laws" in 1960. This year’s 2021 theme is “Youth standing up against racism”. It engages the public through #FightRacism, which aims to foster a global culture of tolerance, equality and anti-discrimination and calls on each and every one of us to stand up against racial prejudice and intolerant attitudes. Young people massively showed their support at the 2020 Black Lives Matter marches, which drew millions of demonstrators worldwide. On the streets, groundswells of youth came together to protest against racial injustice. On social media, they mobilized participation, calling on their peers to speak out, and to stand up for the equal rights of all. COVID-19 has heavily impacted young people, including those from minority backgrounds. Many are now grappling with an increase in racial discrimination, in addition to severe disruptions to their education; diminished employment prospects; and limited ability to participate in public life, which stymies their individual and social empowerment.

To engage, highlight, and raise awareness on racial discrimination, Elsevier presents a curated list of free access journal articles and book chapters. At Elsevier, we will #Standup4humanrights and send the message that racism is unacceptable everywhere.

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Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology, volume 50, issue 1, 2021, pages 1-3

This journal article advances SDG 16 by providing insight into a week alongside healthcare workers in Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP), and sharing views that might not be reflected in the polarized news coverage and acrimonious media debate.
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Advances in Radiation Oncology, Volume 5, Issue 5, September-October 2020, pgs. 783-790

This journal article advances SDG 10 by explaining how many radiation oncologists have failed to acknowledge how structural racism affects the health and well-being of the patients they aim to serve and additional introspection is encouraged.
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International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics, Volume 108, Issue 4, November 2020, pgs. 856-863

This journal article advances SDG 10 by showing how black physicians remain disproportionately underrepresented in certain medical specialties, yet comprehensive assessments in radiation oncology (RO) are lacking, and this reports current and historical representation trends for Black physicians in the US RO workforce.
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Social Sciences & Humanities Open, Volume 2, Issue 1, 2020, 100074, ISSN 2590-2911

This journal article advances SDG 3 and 10 by explaining that racial discrimination has no place in society, and certainly, not in this time of COVID-19 pandemic. As the epicentre of the disease outbreak continues to shift from place to place, urgent measures need to be developed to reduce the increasing cases of racial discrimination.
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American Journal of Kidney Diseases, 2021, ISSN 0272-6386,

This journal article advances SDG 3 and 10 by showing that there are well-documented, longstanding racial and ethnic disparities in the burden of kidney disease, and there is an urgent ethical imperative for the nephrology community to disrupt this incessant trajectory of inequity.
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Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, Volume 22, Issue 2, 2021, Pages 279-290.e1, ISSN 1525-8610

This journal article addresses SDG 3 and 10 by discussing that nursing homes (NHs) end-of-life (EOL) care is suboptimal and NH health disparities are pervasive. This study found that racial/ethnic minority NH residents experience poorer EOL care compared with White NH residents, and particularly in NHs with larger proportions of Black residents.This systematic review has several implications for care provision and future research regarding NH EOL care for racial/ethnic minority residents.
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Blood,
Volume 137, Issue 1,
2021,
Pages 13-15

This journal article advances SDG 10 by discussing that there is a long history in medicine of using healthy White men as the standard for normal, ascribing anything different as abnormal, other, or requiring adjustments. Although our understanding of and access to genetics has improved significantly in the past decades, our reliance on race as a proxy for genetic markers has not changed, suggesting that medicine as a profession, a system, and an institution has yet to erase racist ideologies acquired from the past.
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Urology,
2021,
ISSN 0090-4295

This journal article advances SDG 10 by discussing a study that aims to define the current proportion of underrepresented minority (URM) academic urologists in leadership positions.
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The Lancet Public Health, Volume 6, Issue 3, 2021, Pages e145-e154, ISSN 2468-2667

This article advances SDG 3 and 10 by analyzing inequalities in health-related quality of life and five determinants of health in older adults across all ethnic groups in England.