It’s no secret that so-called “anti-racist” trainings and presentations are chock-full of divisive concepts that don’t belong in healthcare. But one event for physicians at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center may be the worst we’ve ever seen. A tipster shared the whole video with us, and it’s a doozy.
The presentation, entitled “Racism: A Societal Pathogen,” was held in 2021. The speaker, Dr. Adiaha I. A. Spinks-Franklin, declares herself to be an “ardent anti-racist,” and over the course of 70 minutes, she proves it. The whole point of the presentation is to “plant a seed of anti-racism,” even though this woke concept requires racial discrimination in the name of righting past wrongs.
One slide asks physicians, “what composes racism?” It depicts an iceberg with “visible” racism on top, including things like “microaggressions” and “people saying mean things.” The “invisible” forms of racism are more numerous, ranging from “stop and frisk” to “colorblindness” to “gentrification.” What this has to do with healthcare is never stated.
Another slide dives into “racism’s different forms.” The list includes “colorblind racism,” “gendered racism,” “environmental racism,” “cultural racism (whiteness),” and “medical racism.”
True to its name, the presentation repeatedly describes racism as a “pathogen.” It “requires a host to survive,” a “mode of transmission,” a “mechanism of replication,” and a “means of causing disease.” The host, it turns out, is the physicians themselves. Apparently “most healthcare providers are just like most people in the United States,” which is to say, inherently racist. Various slides explore the life cycle of this “pathogen.”
Finally, the presentation turns to the need for “treatment.” It urges all physicians to take the Implicit Association Test, which has been thoroughly debunked. It calls on all organizations to create a “DEI Department.” And it calls for new policies and practices at every level of healthcare, which includes an effort to “decolonize medical education.”
Connecticut Children’s should be ashamed for offering this presentation. It’s insulting to physicians and a clear attempt to indoctrinate people in extreme racial ideology. Physicians and patients alike will suffer as similar trainings continue to spread across healthcare.
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