Critical Race Theory

Boston Hospital to offer ‘preferential care based on race’ to initiate ‘ANTIRACIST agenda for medicine’ based on critical race theory

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Two Harvard Medical School professors have outlined a plan for Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a teaching affiliate of the university located in Boston, to offer “preferential care based on race.” It calls for an “antiracist agenda for medicine” based on critical race theory. Additionally, in order to “comprehensively confront structural racism” and “mitigate health disparities,” this effort should include “federally paid reparations for black Americans.”

Dr. Bram Wispelwey and Dr. Michelle Morse provided a comprehensive description of how this program evolved, why its time has come, and what it will look like in an article published last month by the Boston Review. I assure you, it’s illuminating.

Perhaps getting a bit ahead of themselves, they envision this plan to be a pilot program for what they hope will be replicated in health care facilities throughout the nation. The doctors write: “Together with a coalition of fellow practitioners and hospital leaders, we have developed what we hope will be a replicable pilot program for direct redress of many racial health care inequities.”

Wispelwey and Morse came to the realization when the pandemic first hit, that COVID was striking people of color in disproportionate numbers compared to white people. Then they noticed that white patients managed to enter the hospital’s premier cardiology program with much greater frequency and ease than minority patients.

The doctors had an epiphany. “Alarmed by these findings, we sought an immediate solution. … “Our path to this realization, as with nearly all advancements in social medicine, took us outside our discipline—through the field of critical race theory (CRT),” they explained.

“Offering preferential care based on race or ethnicity may elicit legal challenges from our system of colorblind law … We encourage other institutions to proceed confidently on behalf of equity and racial justice, with backing provided by recent White House executive orders.”

CRT is a term we’ve been hearing more and more frequently. It is working its way into every American institution from our government to our system of justice and, most significantly, into many of our schools.

Americans can ignore the growing acceptance, the “everywhereness,” of this dangerous ideology at our peril.

It’s important to know what CRT means.

CRT is an intellectual theory which promotes the idea that humans are fundamentally racist. Racism is everywhere, in everything. According to the American Bar Association:

CRT recognizes that racism is codified in law, embedded in structures, and woven into public policy. CRT rejects claims of meritocracy or ‘colorblindness.’ CRT recognizes that it is the systemic nature of racism that bears primary responsibility for reproducing racial inequality.

Recognition that race is not biologically real but is socially constructed and socially significant. It recognizes that science (as demonstrated in the Human Genome Project) refutes the idea of biological racial differences. According to scholars Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic, race is the product of social thought and is not connected to biological reality.

Acknowledgement that racism is a normal feature of society and is embedded within systems and institutions, like the legal system, that replicate racial inequality. This dismisses the idea that racist incidents are aberrations but instead are manifestations of structural and systemic racism.

It should come as no surprise that CRT is the basis of this new “pilot” program which will likely be adopted by many other “woke” hospitals in America.

In response to an inquiry from The Washington Examiner, Brigham and Women’s Hospital issued a statement which said the Boston Review article by Wispelway and Morse is an “opinion piece written by two physicians, not a formal position of the hospital.” It continued:

The Brigham is committed to examining and eliminating the many impacts that racism has on the health and wellbeing of our patients, As part of our system’s United Against Racism campaign, we support efforts focused on improving both the access and the experience of our patients, focusing on community health and advocacy, and increasing the diversity of leadership.

As part of this commitment, researchers have proposed a pilot program for heart failure patients that aims to address the racial inequities found in a recent study, which found that race, as well as other factors, affected who was admitted to cardiology service at the hospital. Aspects of this pilot program were described within the opinion piece you’ve cited. This program offers a critical step toward identifying opportunities to improve access for patients who have been historically denied equal access.

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