Medical and scientific racism has lived on through unfounded and nonscientific stereotypes about Black health. Online media has likely been the most prominent vector for spreading medical narratives that pathologize Blackness. Statements on Black health often overlook the roles that socioeconomic disparities and anti-Blackness play in health outcomes. They position race as the disease.
To explore this topic, I built a web scraper to gather hundreds of sentences containing the keywords “black” or “African” from WebMD, one of the most popular online destinations for medical information. Occurrences of these keywords are also present in the articles that WebMD licenses from Health Day, a company that licenses health-related news to major publications. This book contains a list of the over 1000 sentences that were collected in this process. The list is largely unedited.