He traced the unarguable connections between health and deprivation – from poverty, diet and housing to poor air quality – and interrogated the idea that structural racism might influence not only where we live and the jobs we do, but the treatment we receive from the NHS itself. “As well as a biological pandemic, there’s a racist one,” Harewood sighed wearily. “We’re battling not just one virus but two.”
That there’s a relationship between economic status and health is obvious. That that relationship works both ways – bad health can and will lead to economic downgrading – is something that Michael Marmot etc entirely ignore. That’s also not relevant here, when looking at health and race.
The BAME population in the UK is still, in large part, the result of first generation immigration. So, hands up all surprised that first generation immigrants are not top of the economic pole? That this will also be true of Poles – for example – tells us that this isn’t racism.
If second and third generation are equally distressed then that would mean that there’s something to work on. But we would actually need evidence of that before we worried about it.