We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Virtually every major medical organization—from the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) to the American Association of Pediatrics—has embraced the idea that medicine is an inequity-producing enterprise. The AMA’s 2021 Organizational Strategic Plan to Embed Racial Justice and Advance Health Equity is virtually indistinguishable from a black studies department’s mission statement. The plan’s anonymous authors seem aware of how radically its rhetoric differs from medicine’s traditional concerns. The preamble notes that “just as the general parlance of a business document varies from that of a physics document, so too is the case for an equity document.” (Such shaky command of usage and grammar characterizes the entire 86-page tome, making the preamble’s boast that “the field of equity has developed a parlance which conveys both [sic] authenticity, precision, and meaning” particularly ironic.)
I've lost a lot of respect for the medical profession over the last couple years. Our doctor STILL requires masks in his office in the face of all the evidence that they do no good. He STILL won't prescribe Ivermectin in the face of all the evidence that it's a life saver. Doctors are mostly bureaucrats these days.
I for one find it highly ironic that members of one of the most
important professions to human health, the most modern and tecnologically-advanced industry whose mission is the specialization of diagnoses and treatments of complicated health problems, is unable to diagnose this rather uncomplicated one, and instead of diagnosing and developing a treatment specific to an identified problem, has decided instead to subject the entire organization to the course of treatment, just to be 'safe'. It's like giving an entire hospital full of patients a painful round of chemotherapy, instead of just patients on the cancer ward that need it.
It is a self defeating effort. An unforced error. Put people into positions well above their ability because of their skin color. Then the inevitable will happen, more medical mistakes, more unnecessary deaths and of course efforts to cover it up or explain it away. After awhile even good health care professionals of color will be shunned because you can't tell if they are there because of their abilities or their skin color. You will be labeled racists for noticing the problem or trying to avoid having your doctor kill you by mistake.
For my doctors, if I can't get a white male, I pick women who graduated from medical school in a country with a very male dominated society (that's not totally off the rails backwater third world), who got a residency in the Untied States. I had a friend who went to medical school in Jordan. Instructors didn't exactly bend over backwards to help the little woman. As a matter of fact, they put roadblocks in her way. (Women in those countries actual DO face discrimination, unlike the US) I gotta figure that a woman who graduates from medical school in Jordan, or Egypt, or India, and then is able to land a residency at some place like Emory or UCLA must be pretty smart.