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The Lethality Of Loneliness, And 'Waking Up White'

Jan 18, 2018

Technology has enabled long-distance connections between people, says Dr. Vivek Murthy, but "having thousands of friends on Facebook is not neccesarily the same as having a few close friends that you can rely on, who you can see, who you can talk to and who you can call when you have great challenges."
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It may not seem like a health issue at first but Dr. Vivek Murthy, the 19th Surgeon General of the United States (and first person of Indian descent to hold the post), is very concerned about what he calls a 'loneliness epidemic.' Today, we dig into why he thinks tackling it is one of the most important things society can do. Then, like a lot of white folks, Debby Irving cares deeply about social justice, but used to worry about coming off as stupid, racist, or radical, so she didn't speak up when she saw discrimination. It wasn't until she accepted her own 'whiteness' that she realized her role in perpetrating ill-conceived ideas about race.