Public Health Emergency
“Researchers have known for years that African-Americans in the midst of a heart attack are far less likely than white patients to receive potentially life-saving treatments such as clot-busting drugs, a dramatic illustration of America’s persistent healthcare disparities.”
“Dr. JudyAnn Bigby, Massachusetts secretary of health and human services and a specialist in healthcare disparities, said the study demonstrates the importance of monitoring how hospitals and large physician practices provide care to patients of different races.”
I am aware that many Americans believe racism is either greatly diminished or a thing of the past. I’ve also always understood that individuals who believed this were generally incapable of forming solid empirical arguments. Moreover, these individuals either demonstrated a flawed knowledge of how racism flourished in the past and recent present OR were being compensated for espousing their particular unsubstantiated viewpoint.
I will not say that this study closes the door. I will say, however, that if you reside, visit or run aground in the United States of America and happen to need emergency care, it is best to be identified as “white.” I harbor no illusions about the dimensions of the psychopathic racial personality. Whether the face is that of an overworked 24 year-old resident or that of a chief of medicine entering their sixth or seventh decade of life, the notion that non-white life is cheap has persisted. It is a strange thing to share lunch counters, toilets and voting booths with “people” who hold you in such low regard.
Imagine how foolish I would be to call that freedom.