Why Not AS

Race, Ethnicity and Social Class

As the voting results from Ballot Question 2 in 2012 show, assisted suicide pits wealthier, whiter districts against those with poorer people and people of color. For long-standing reasons, Black and Latinx people oppose assisted suicide by 2-1 margins. The four most Latinx cities in the Commonwealth – Lawrence, Chelsea, Holyoke, and Springfield – all voted strongly against Question 2. One social group’s preferences must not become a state policy that will place everyone under threat. Covid-19, meanwhile, is exposing the systemic racism of medicine. Black Detroit phlebotomist Deborah Gatewood was refused testing and sent home 4 times from her own hospital before succumbing to the pandemic.