Washington state just provided the latest proof that anti-racism in healthcare leads to discrimination. The King County Department of Human Resources recently held a health workshop purporting to show that dieting is racist, and when a white employee attempted to join, he was promptly kicked out.
The employee was initially told he was removed because of a “technical issue,” but the county eventually admitted his skin color was the determining factor. Tellingly, he wasn’t kicked out until he turned on his video camera, meaning he was only banned once his identity was visible. It turns out the workshop was also advertised as being open only to members of specific races – a clear act of discrimination.
What’s more, the workshop itself was full of divisive anti-racist ideology. Entitled “Anti-Blackness and Diet Culture,” it focused on how “Western ideals” of health “are steeped in whiteness” and therefore illegitimate. Similar language is cropping up across the entire healthcare landscape, underpinning the activist argument that healthcare as a whole is systemically racist.
Welcome to woke healthcare. It has no time for people of certain races, yet all the time in the world for divisive and discriminatory ideas. What just happened in Washington state is a sign of what’s quietly happening to healthcare across America. It needs to stop – now.
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