Malcolm X has once said that “The most disrespected person in the United States is the black woman.” As decades go by, it could not have been more of a relevant statement than it was back in 1962.
In recent years, black women, in particular, became a target for high mortality rates due to racial disparities with receiving medical attention and also victims of sexual violence (such as human trafficking and rape).
According to statistics on U.S women and violence, one in three black women are victims of domestic violence and one in five black women are victims of sexual assault.
Does America care about our black women? Why are racial disparities more prevalent in the medical field?
On January 2nd, a 25-year-old black woman named Tashonna Ward spent more two hours in the waiting room at Froedert Hospital in Milwaukee, WI to receive medical attention as she had complaints of rapid chest pains and shortness of breath.
Although she received a little assistance from the medical staff as they checked her heartbeat and did an X-ray, finding out that it showed she had an enlarged heart, the medical staff told her to stay patient and wait in the waiting room.
After waiting for a couple more hours, Ward and her sister decided to leave to go to another hospital to receive medical attention and went to a local care clinic. Sometime after leaving Froedert, Ward collapsed.
She was taken back to Froedert where it was reported that Ward had suffered from the enlarged heart during pregnancy, which resulted in the death of her baby.
Upon arrival, she was unresponsive where Ward was then pronounced dead minutes after.
We here at TUCMedia sends our condolences to the relatives of Tashonna Ward as they mourn her death and sending an abundance of love and prayers to her immediate family. Your name lives on sister and we would find justice! One love!
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