Dismantling racism in education: In 2020, the year of the nurse and midwife, “it's time.”

Alicia Burnett, Calvin Moorley, Julian Grant, Mushtag Kahin, Rohit Sagoo, Emerald Rivers, Linda Deravin, Philip Darbyshire

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“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be
changed until it is faced”. — James Baldwin (Wilson, 2004, p. 24)
1. The twin plagues of COVID-19 and global racism
Worldwide, seismic upheavals and demonstrations demand the
dismantling of structural, individual and ideological racism (henceforth, SIIR). George Floyd's killing by police, numerous other racist
murders and unprosecuted ‘deaths in custody’ of Black, Asian and
Minority Ethnic/Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BAME/BIPOC)
peoples internationally, have catalysed calls that the underlying racism
and oppression enabling such violence to occur with regularity and
impunity, cannot continue. #BlackLivesMatter momentum is building
and we hope and urge, in this International Year of the Nurse and
Midwife, that nursing and midwifery educators respond to this call with
insight, honesty and fierce actions that eradicate SIIR from nursing,
midwifery and the academy.
Original languageEnglish
Article number104532
Pages (from-to)1-3
Number of pages3
JournalNurse Education Today
Early online date12 Jul 2020
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020


  • Covert racism
  • Education
  • Healthcare disparities
  • Nursing
  • Racial Bias
  • Racism
  • Social determinants of health

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