Our comment comes from Oprah Winfrey, who works with the Smithsonian Channel to raise awareness of inequalities in our health care system. The documentary “The Color of Care” premieres May 1:
During the height of the pandemic, I read a story about a family in Detroit. This story would not let me rest; in fact, it haunted me.
That was the story of the Fowler family. Gary Fowler worked hard all his life. 56-year-old working 80 hours a week to support his family because it was his greatest wish: to create a safe, beautiful life for the people he loved. He became ill, experienced COVID symptoms, went to three different hospitals and begged them for help. Every hospital sent him home.
Eventually he became so tired, so exhausted that he gave up, went home, sat in his favorite recliner and died there. Because hospitals, three of them, in Detroit, would not treat him.
Imagine this: If access to life-saving healthcare for someone you love depended on their skin color.
So I was wondering how many other Gary Fowlers are there in America? Research tells us that there are far too many, and we need to do something about this major pandemic that COVID has revealed – racial differences in our health care system that cost lives.
We are fighting the impact of decades with this treatment. But we can do better.
So let’s make the choice to get better and do better. This can be changed and it is up to us to change it.
Watch executive producer Oprah Winfrey’s special, “The Color of Care,” on racial health inequalities, premiere May 1 at 20.00 ET / 19.00 CT on The Smithsonian Channel. To watch a trailer, click on the video player below: