Neo-Racism Comes to Medicine

And Critical Race Theory in the News

March 31st, 2021


Brigham and Women’s Hospital announces plans to discriminate and deny treatment to patients based on skin color

A recent piece in the Boston Review, written by physicians Michelle Morse and Bram Wispelwey, announces an alarming new “antiracist” agenda at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The pilot initiative, inspired by Critical Race Theory scholarship, will include “a preferential admission option for Black and Latinx heart failure patients to our specialty cardiology service.” In other words, the hospital plans to intentionally discriminate, based on race, against some patients in the allocation of specialized and limited cardiac care (beds, personnel, resources). 

“Offering preferential care based on race or ethnicity may elicit legal challenges from our system of colorblind law,” Morse and Wispelwey admit. “But given the ample current evidence that our health, judicial, and other systems already unfairly preference people who are white, we believe—following the ethical framework of Zack and others—that our approach is corrective and therefore mandated.” 

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Editor in Chief of JAMA Placed on Leave For Podcast

In Monday’s issue of the BMJ, it is reported that Howard Bauchner, the editor in chief of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), was placed on administrative leave for his involvement in a podcast, which featured an open conversation about structural racism in healthcare, with one doctor affirming its existence and the other questioning it. “A petition on change.org, organized by the Institute for Antiracism in Medicine and signed by over 7000 people, asked for a review of Bauchner’s leadership, a restructuring of JAMA’s editorial staff, and for scheduling town hall meetings with ‘black, indigenous, and people of color patients, healthcare staff, and allies.’”

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Critical Race Theory in the News


Asra Q. Nomani’s op-ed in Friday’s USA Today details the Fairfax County Public School Board’s replacement of a merit-based, race-blind admissions exam with a new process that factors in identity, in an effort to reduce the overrepresentation of Asian American students at the elite Thomas Jefferson High School.  “Asian American students in 2021 are experiencing the same type of discrimination and bigotry that Jewish American students faced a century ago,” she writes. “The only difference is that today they wrap their prejudice in the soothing and noble-sounding therapeutic language of diversity.”

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Beth Feeley, in an op-ed in Thursday’s Chicago Tribune, sounds off on a piece of legislation on the table in Illinois that would mandate that public elementary, middle, and high school students read a skewed list of 42 books on race, including “White Fragility,” among the work of other Critical Race theorists.  Feeley calls upon parents to monitor their children’s syllabi, opt kids out of inappropriate lessons, and maintain involvement with school boards to resist the “trend in public education toward government-imposed social activism”

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FAIR Board of Advisors member John McWhorter’s latest installment of his serial on Substack titled The Elect furthers his argument for how the dominant “anti-racism” ideology harms black Americans. “The problem here is not only that of how black people are urged to conceive of themselves, but what they are even to consider interesting, what they are to engage in during the short time on earth during which any human lives,” he writes. “When ‘identity’ – i.e. against the white hegemon – is thought of as central to intellectual, aesthetic and moral significance, one’s range of interests inevitably narrow.” 

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In the April 2021 issue of Commentary, Wilfred Reilly, a member of the FAIR Board of Advisors, posits that the greatest contemporary threat to harmonious racial relations in America is not actual bigotry but the “false promotion of narratives about racial conflict that verge on conspiracy theory.” Reilly acknowledges the persistence of racism, but cites numerous data points that paint a generally favorable picture (e.g. the resounding success of Nigerian, East Indian, and West Indian businesspeople). The significant progress that has been made is not reflected in the media’s sensationalist coverage of racial issues, he contends, which has led to widespread misunderstanding of the facts on racial violence in America.

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