The Health & Healthcare Blog For Minorities Although the U.S. has come a long way in preventing racism in housing, hiring, the workplace, and other areas, racism still exists, unfortunately. Denying basic human rights and freedoms in any area of life because of race, color, descent, or national or ethnic origin can have a devastating effect on the targeted individuals.
Jomonna Smith listens to her children, 12-year-old Mon’Dayja and 9-year-old Mon’Dae, answer the doctor’s questions about school, chores and their health. (Public Source Photo/Alexandra Kanik) by Halle Stockton (Public Source)–Jomonna Smith, a 30-year-old woman, held her last job in 2008 as a store cashier. She is a single mother of three children, making ends meet with government assistance, styling hair on the side and a bit of family help. She relies on buses to get around and pays $301 a month to live in a public housing project in Braddock, a borough southeast of Pittsburgh. But she craves more for herself and her children.