Ruqaiijah Yearby , Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired: Putting an End to Separate and Unequal Health Care in the United States 50 Years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964,  25 Health Matrix: Journal of Law-Medicine 1 (2015) (155 Footnotes)


One hundred forty-nine years after the end of slavery, the time has come for African Americans to be treated equally in every sphere of U.S. society, including health care. Fifty years ago, African Americans were promised equal access to health care with the passage of Title VI. That promise was a lie, and as a result, African Americans are more disabled and die more often than Caucasians. Lacking access to quality health care, African Americans are sick and tired of being sick and tired. In order to finally equalize a health care system that has been separate and unequal since the Civil War, the government must act. The time has come to put an end to racial bias in health care by treating all patients as human beings who deserve the right to equal access to quality health care regardless of race, so that the promise of equality in health care will finally be a reality.

Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve University, School of Law, B.S. (Honors Biology), University of Michigan, 1996; J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2000; M.P.H., Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, 2000.