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Isome Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-15-03 10:56 PM
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102. That's the problem...
Edited on Sat Nov-15-03 10:58 PM by Isome
This issue is a part of what put them into power in the first place. It's the idea that people of color, the color black in this case, are merely hyper-sensitive and use past racism as a crutch. It's real. It exists. It hasn't dissipated, it's gotten sophisticated.

Do poor white people have it easy? Definitely not! Yet, they presume that poor people of color have it easier, have more opportunity, are given preferential treatment at their expense. So what did they do as a group, overwhelmingly? They voted against their best interest because * (and his brother Jeb in my state) made it clear to them that he too thought Black people had opportunities they didn't, and that he wouldn't stand for it.

Though we're still told that now is not the time to address our concerns, what did we do as a group, overwhelmingly. We voted for the Democrat. Still, we're not supposed to publicly talk about our experiences for fear of scaring away the same group who doesn't know which side of their bread is buttered? How long should we wait?

The AMA puts out a report saying that adjusting for insurance coverage & employment, Blacks get UNEQUAL medical care. They're given less aggressive life saving measures, they're not told of alternative treatments, and they're not prescribed adequate medication to manage pain.

The American College of Physicians has this to say:
Researchers investigating medical practice itself are documenting blatantly differential treatment of minority patients with common conditions. Such disparities mean that African Americans, Hispanic Americans and other minority groups suffer and die disproportionately from, among other things, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and several types of cancer.

Sociologist Yehudi Webster, at California State University-Los Angeles in the American Sociological Association argues in a newsletter that "race classifications can trigger the very attitudes and awareness that may underlie differential care by doctors."

Is this an issue that can wait, too? Until when? When will white people, gay or straight, rich or poor, be willing to hear about this issue (or predatory lending, or stolen land), and how will we benefit to wait until you are ready? Who designated you the keeper of the time clock?

Though the post has gotten long, it's important the people are made aware that waiting isn't an option any longer, nor will we continue to be 'shushed' because the general public can hear us. There's no shame in being discriminated against, the shame lies in being the discriminator. And, though being told to wait isn't new, what may be new is that this time... we won't.
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