We Are Hopelessly Racist

(Cross posted from the Progressive Pulse blog)
I wish that statement were not true, but I fear that it is.

I have found that medical studies often provide a window into the soul of our nation. Most recently, I was discouraged to read a report from a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Once again it was confirmed that there is significant disparity in the medical treatment of whites and non-whites. This particular study found that black and Hispanic patients were 25% less likely to receive narcotic medications for severe pain in emergency rooms.

The analysis of more than 150,000 emergency room visits over 13 years found differences in prescribing by race in both urban and rural hospitals, in all U.S. regions and for every type of pain.The gaps between whites and nonwhites have not appeared to close at all," said study co-author Dr. Mark Pletcher of the University of California, San Francisco.

Ouch. If ever there were a group which should be able to remain impartial and minimize bigotry it should be physicians. Doctors are trained to revere objectivity and evidence. Yet, despite conditions (human suffering) where empathy should be maximal, doctors could not shed their bias. Sad. Mind you, these disparities have been described for all types of treatment including pain control, cardiac catheterizations for chest pain, lung resection for lung cancer, etc. Humans are simply predisposed to racism.

I doubt that the "playing field" can ever be truly level. But for every college admission or job opportunity where I white applicant feels they've been screwed by affirmative action policies…I believe there are a hundred lost opportunities for non-whites, lost in a hundred different ways, by the type of soft-bigotry outlined in this medical study.

Which brings us to Barack Obama. I have no idea if the discrepancies between New Hampshire polls and election results are race-based. Certainly it is a possibility pollsters, if not voters, ought to consider. From a policy standpoint, it is difficult to care very much about the minor differences between Edwards, Clinton, and Obama.

There are many different reasons why voters choose a particular candidate. But from the standpoint of race, an Obama presidency could be truly special. It might send a message to the world, if not ourselves, that America is not hopeless regarding our original sin.

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Amen to that

But from the standpoint of race, an Obama presidency could be truly special. It might send a message to the world, if not ourselves, that America is not hopeless regarding our original sin.

Obama is already pushing all kinds of race barriers, it's time to bust those barriers wide open.

The next person that tells me "America will never vote for a black President" gets his lights punched out.

Oops, sorry, forgot for a second that I'm a pacifist.
I meant to say that the next person that tells me "America will never vote for a black President" gets an atomic wedgie.

Left on 49

True Universal healthcare would eliminate the difference..

Racism might be a factor, or maybe the ability to pay for health and drug plans come into play. If we could try to catch up with most civilized countries, we would have had a universal health plan long ago. Again, we see the corporate influence in our government, controlling this issue. We still can't get a cheaper prescription from Canada, of the same brand! I watched on C-span as the Dems tried to get a bill passed to allow cheaper imports(s1082). Some of our top Dem Senators voted to allow a poison pill amendment(Cochran) be attached to the bill, which passed, but can't be implemented. So they are on record as supporting it, but killed it's effectiveness for the favor of the pharmaceutical cos. It was hardly reported anywhere.

Dennis Kucinich wants a recount in NH.

Which brings us to Barack Obama. I have no idea if the discrepancies between New Hampshire polls and election results are race-based. Certainly it is a possibility pollsters, if not voters, ought to consider.

You're not the only one wondering.
news story here

After two weeks in NH, I thought it would be an Obama blowout

Of course, that's not scientific. But I was truly shocked that Hillary was still in the race when I noticed the first partial results. I thought Edwards had at least a chance at a distant second.

I'd be very interested in a recount.

Perhaps people told pollsters they were voting for Barack when they weren't. That's another possibility.
 
News of the 10th district: See Pat Go Bye Bye,

speaking of tin foil hats

How is Mark Ortiz doing?

"jump in where you can and hang on"
Briscoe Darling to Sheriff Andy

he's doing excellent!

He's able to walk around with a walker, doesn't have to wear his plastic "shell" anymore and visited his first Drinking Liberally event again yesterday.

Left on 49

Republicans are Cone Heads and real Americans recyle tin hats

A personal friend of mine who likes to wear a tin foil hat...

...told me that she thinks Diebold messed with the results to make Hillary the winner.
I refuse to believe that, but I'm also afraid anything is possible.*LiberalNC

Stop using the term " tin foil hat" It was invented by the Republican Talk Radio hosts in the late 90's when they were caught murdering a women and her children in cold blood at Rudy Ridge by their federal swat thugs....Who do you believe Russ " Pain Killer tin hat Lambaugh" or your friend?

small correction

It was Ruby Ridge and it was 1992. I am pretty sure two federal agents were killed by Weaver and his "family". The wife and son of Randy Weaver were killed by the Feds.

This debacle gave the FBI a serious blackeye and was one of the incidents that Tim McVeigh used to fuel his hatred which lead to the Oklahoma City bombing.

And I am also guessing you are refering to Rush Limbaugh but then again there maybe someone named Russ Lambaugh running around.

"jump in where you can and hang on"
Briscoe Darling to Sheriff Andy

a very small correction

it was Ruby Ridge and it was 1992. I am pretty sure two federal agents were killed by Weaver and his "family". The wife and son of Randy Weaver were killed by the Feds.* TrueMeckDem

Randy never kill any federal agents nor was charge. The agents shot themselves thinking the other one was the bad guys.....Weaver wife was shot by a sniper while she was holding her baby at the door of the cabin looking for her husband...Weaver son was shot by federal agents in the woods in a ambush and his dog was murder by them.. The government settle with Weaver for a couple of million of dollars and Weaver was aquited by a jury, when the federal case fell apart after it was disclose that he had been target by the feds in order to make him as a example to others....The number one fed in the case is now the number 2 guy in the justice department and believes the constitution and the bill of rights have no place in this society.....

Tim McVeigh used to fuel his hatred which lead to the Oklahoma City bombing. *TrueMeckDem

No! McVeigh use Waco as his excuse, not Rudy Ridge...We will never know the real story, since he kept his mouth shut during the trial...Chances are that he was trained by own government during his military career and connected to certain fascist German establishment Orders.

And I am also guessing you are refering to Rush Limbaugh but then again there maybe someone named Russ Lambaugh running around.* TrueMeckDem

Russ is a lamb in clothing on the outside, but a committed wolf who will eat your rights and you at the same time.....

Find another hero, Max.

Pretty much anybody you would meet on the street or in the mall would be an improvement over Randy Weaver, unless a white separatist who would send his armed 14 year-old son out to do battle with the FBI while he peeked out the window is your idea of a "great man".

it was disclose that he had been target by the feds in order to make him as a example to others

Kind of left a little bit out there, Max. Like the fact that he sold a couple of sawed-off shotguns to an undercover agent while he and his family were attending an Aryan Nations get-together.

He was and is a nut-case, and should be at the top of the list of people to blame for the death of his wife and son. There are others on the list, but he's numero uno.

Find another hero or myth scharrison ?

Find another hero, Max.*scharrison

He is a great American now! Deal with it! And don't give me the standard establishment police state myths from the past.

Pretty much anybody you would meet on the street or in the mall would be an improvement over Randy Weaver, unless a white separatist who would send his armed 14 year-old son out to do battle with the FBI while he peeked out the window is your idea of a "great man".*scharrison

Another bull shit establishment lie, Randy was in town on that day with his lawyer Jerry Spence [ A great liberal lawyer and civil rights advocate] and his son was hunting on the property who knew nothing about the feds coming to snatch them. Randy was a much decorated Nam Vet that serve in the Green Berets and I don't think he would hid behind his wife skirts...So much for your memory of history!

it was disclose that he had been target by the feds in order to make him as a example to others

Kind of left a little bit out there, Max. Like the fact that he sold a couple of sawed-off shotguns to an undercover agent while he and his family were attending an Aryan Nations get-together.*scharrison

He was aquited of those charges by the jury! What part of not guilty you do not understand. It appears that you know nothing of federal stings and how crooked they are in entrapment...God help you if you ever buy a joint from a Fed? And what part of "Congress shall not make law nor infringe" on the 2 nd amendment of it's citizens you do not completely understand!

He was and is a nut-case, and should be at the top of the list of people to blame for the death of his wife and son. There are others on the list, but he's numero uno.*scharrison

It appears that you didn't know he repudiated the Aryan Nations as a socialist nazi fascist religion because of his lack of spiritual education and knowledge from their phony appeal to the dark side of nature with humans. There is not a racist bone in his body now nor will it ever be! In fact on his present rural property in Arkansas, his busines partners are a group of Black investors.....He claims to be somewhat of a non-believer in all organize religions since they all appeal to be nothing but Taliban control freaks gone wild in the American Republican religious movements....

I suggest you stop reading old ADL or southern poverty crap from 20 years ago.....and get a grip on your police state condition mind

One other note! He is a outspoken critic on the Blackwater group and even confronted them during the Katrina mess when they were removing weapons from Black property owners without due process in New Orleans..The first time in American modern history that a white private army disarmed American citizens without legal authority......

You've got to be kidding...

Not that it's the Gospel, but wikipedia has a pretty decent write-up on this story. Frankly, there are no "heroes" to be found here, on either side.

I suggest you stop reading old ADL or southern poverty crap from 20 years ago.....and get a grip on your police state condition mind

I need to get a grip? :)