The American Medical Association (AMA) released a document calling on medical professionals to adopt progressive language into their practices as part of an effort to fight “racism” and “white supremacy.”
The AMA teamed up with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Center for Health Justice to release a 54-page guide called “Advancing Health Equity: A Guide to Language, Narrative and Concepts.”
“The devastating toll of COVID-19 on communities who are minoritized and or historically marginalized, coupled with worldwide protests against racism and other systems that exclude, has brought many people and a wide spectrum of institutions into conversations about racial justice and health equity,” the document states.
“Many groups are now examining the dire statistics detailing inequities (or injustices) in health, the root causes of those statistics, and the role our institutions have played in producing and perpetuating this harm.”
The AMA’s solution to systemic “inequities” is to redefine “narratives” about “race, individualism, and meritocracy” as well as those “surrounding medicine itself.”
“Central to this work is a consideration of our language, and the narratives that shape our thinking,” the document explains. “As we explore in this guide, dominant narratives (also called malignant narratives), particularly those about ‘race,’ individualism and meritocracy, as well as narratives surrounding medicine itself, limit our understanding of the root causes of health inequities. Dominant narratives create harm, undermining public health and the advancement of health equity; they must be named, disrupted and corrected.”
That’s just the beginning.
The document goes on to praises “critical race theory” and “gender studies” as a solution to “meritocracy and individualism” and other “patriarchal narratives.”
Much is at stake in whose narratives dominate, receive traction and thrive. Narratives grounded in white supremacy and sustaining structural racism, for example, perpetuate cumulative disadvantage for some populations and cumulative advantage for white people, and especially white men. Patriarchal narratives enforce rigidly defined traditional norms, and reinforce inequities based on gender.
Narratives that uncritically center meritocracy and individualism render invisible the very real constraints generated and reinforced by poverty, discrimination and ultimately exclusion. Yet a rich tradition of work in health equity and related fields, including critical race theory (defined in the glossary), gender studies, disability studies, as well as scholarship from social medicine, gives us a foundation for an alternative narrative, one that challenges the status quo, one that moves health care towards justice.
In other words, the goal is to insert critical race theory and other progressive dogma into medical vocabulary “at the expense of clarity and accuracy,” according to New York Magazine contributor Jesse Singal.
Read the AMA document:
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Macron spoke candidly during an interview with French newspaper Le Parisien, during which he said that he wanted to make life difficult for individuals who have not received a COVID-19 vaccine. The French “sanitary pass” has prompted a number of protests and stiff opposition while the country nears 75% full vaccination.
“I really want to piss them off, and we’ll carry on doing this – to the end,” Macron said three months ahead of a presidential election. “I won’t send [unvaccinated people] to prison, so we need to tell them, from 15 January, you will no longer be able to go to the restaurant. You will no longer be able to go for a coffee, you will no longer be able to go to the theatre. You will no longer be able to go to the cinema.”
The French Parliament heard Macron’s comments during a debate over his proposed bill to tighten restrictions for unvaccinated individuals, leading to a swift and strong uproar in response.
His opponents have labeled the comments “unworthy” of a president.
“Even if one doesn’t share their choice, they have broken none of our country’s laws,” Marine Le Pen, Macron’s chief opponent in the upcoming election, told reporters late Tuesday. “He is continuing his policy of division, of pitting the French against one another.”
She later tweeted “A president shouldn’t say that…Emmanuel Macron is unworthy of his office.”
Leftist politician Jean-Luc Melanchon described the remarks as an “astonishing confession,” according to the BBC.
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