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There is a medical problem with being blind to race(CA Prop54-Another lie from the Houston Chron)
The usual liars at the Houston Chronicle ^ | 9/1/03 | MARISA TREVIŅO

Posted on 09/01/2003 10:54:29 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat

Have you heard about the latest California crusade?

It's called Proposition 54, and it's based on the utopian ideal that race doesn't matter. The proposition stipulates that state and local officials can't collect or use information regarding someone's race, ethnicity, color or national origin for the purpose of public education, public contracting, public employment or other government operations.

The mastermind behind Prop. 54 is a mild-mannered man by the name of Ward Connerly. He also happens to be African-American. But people are warned not to use that term in his presence. As Connerly sees it, race isn't real.

Well, in a society where skin color still segregates, and languages other than English intimidate, race is very real and cannot yet be ignored.

If we did ignore race, then it would never have been known that a disproportionate number of people of color were being singled out for police stops and searches, or that children of color constituted the majority of school dropouts and teenage pregnancies.

We'd never know just how much more difficult it was for African-Americans and Hispanics to get bank loans or home mortgages, or that a visit to the doctor by people of color didn't automatically result in the same quality of care.

And we wouldn't have known that in some cities where "minorities" constitute a substantial portion of the population, candidates of color never seem to get enough votes to win an election.

Yet in spite of these examples as to why we need to pay attention to race, there exists an even more compelling reason: medical genetics.

Neil Risch, a Stanford University population geneticist, argues that the medical community should not be in such a hurry to whitewash folks. For too long, clinical drug trials were performed with few people of color as test subjects. The consequence has been a surprise to researchers when certain racial and ethnic groups have had unforeseen reactions to FDA-approved drugs.

By not taking our differences into account, important medical discoveries are missed, helping to explain why certain diseases or drug reactions are more prevalent among one ethnic group than another.

Already it's been discovered that certain groups within our population metabolize drugs differently, experience distinct side effects, develop disease for different reasons and have adverse reactions to medical procedures.

For example, it's been found that pain medications, such as codeine, metabolize differently in East Asians than in Anglos. Whereas two tablets of codeine may do the trick to help Anglo patients rest comfortably, the same dosage wouldn't bring any relief to East Asian pain sufferers.

Even simple procedures such as placing a breathing tube down a patient's windpipe call to keep in mind the ethnicity of the patient. Anesthesiologists realize that black patients salivate more heavily than other patients, causing complications in the airway.

Overmedication can be a problem, too. Doctors now know that Latinos with schizophrenia don't need as much antipsychotic medication as Anglos to achieve the same drug levels in the bloodstream. And the latest research published in the August issue of the Archives of Ophthalmology reveals that a child's ethnicity determines the chances of developing common eye disorders.

In other circles, targeting these racial differences would be considered politically incorrect and probably referred to as

racial profiling. There is even an ongoing debate in the medical community on whether to use race as a variable in medical research.

However, unlike other situations where people of color are targeted unfairly because of their skin color or accent, racial profiling in medical matters must not be seen through colorblind eyes.

Especially, when it boils down to a race between life and death.

----------------------------------------------------- Treviño, of Rowlett, Texas, is a contributing columnist with Hispanic Link News Service. She may be reached by e-mail at mtrevino@airmail.net.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: California; US: Texas
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Well, well, well, the entire article is based on a false premise, since a medical exemption is specifically mentioned in Prop 54. From the Prop 54 website, ( http://www.racialprivacy.org/miscellaneous.htm ):

"...And finally, in the interest of public health, we have exempted ALL racial categorizations made by health care and medical professionals. Clause (f) of the initiative reads, “Otherwise lawful classification of medical research subjects and patients shall be exempt from this section.” No person’s health care, or any epidemiological studies that reveal disease patterns, will be affected by RPI."

So either the writer and the Chronicle news editors never read the prop, or they are purposefully lying by ommission and misrepresentation(I know, par for the course for the Chronicle).

Maybe we can have a contest to see who, if any, can write a pithy correction slapping them down for such a ridiculous journalistic error. Such false reporting is totally unacceptable. Here is their contact info:

To contact us: E-mail: online@chron.com Office phone: 713-220-2700 Main Switchboard: 713-220-7171 Address: Houston Chronicle 801 Texas Ave. Houston, Texas 77002 Reader Representative: James T. Campbell E-mail: readerrep@chron.com Phone: 713-220-6303

1 posted on 09/01/2003 10:54:29 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: LisaAnne
Thanks for pointing out on another thread http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/972825/posts the relevant medical exemption info from the Prop 54 website.
2 posted on 09/01/2003 10:57:52 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: Diddle E. Squat
This may be the best contact info, since the phony article is printed in the outlook section:

Readers interested in expressing their opinions and views in Outlook may now send essays to our new e-mail address outlook@chron.com. Op-ed pieces can still be submitted by fax at 713-220-3575 or by regular mail to the Houston Chronicle, P.O. Box 4260, 77210, attention Outlook Editor.
3 posted on 09/01/2003 11:00:48 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: Diddle E. Squat
Overmedication can be a problem, too.

True, true. It's been known to lead to demonstrably idiotic newspaper columns, in the past. :)

4 posted on 09/01/2003 11:04:14 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("The Clintons have damaged our country. They have done it together, in unison." -- Peggy Noonan)
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To: Diddle E. Squat
The only way we will ever arrive at a colorblind society is when we stop taking note of skin color.
5 posted on 09/01/2003 11:05:18 PM PDT by weegee
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To: Diddle E. Squat
At least they didn't blame this on Tom DeLay...
6 posted on 09/01/2003 11:06:38 PM PDT by weegee
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To: Diddle E. Squat
"The mastermind behind Prop. 54 is a mild-mannered man by the name of Ward Connerly. He also happens to be African-American. But people are warned not to use that term in his presence. As Connerly sees it, race isn't real. "

Why is there no freedom of thought amongst leftists. A person either plays ball and is exalted, or disagrees and is destroyed. Is this their diversity?

7 posted on 09/01/2003 11:26:58 PM PDT by At _War_With_Liberals (If Hillary ever takes the oath of office, she will be the last President the US will ever have. -RR)
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To: Diddle E. Squat
Oh, *really*...

I guess that means, extending the twisted (as usual) logic of the loony left, that we should be encouraging DNA cataloging of all humans so that "Medical Science" can deicide exactly what to do when one of us specimens walks into a doctor's office, based on our DNA profile and the exhaustive database that "Medical Science" has accumulated... and they're afraid that Prop 54 will...

(oops... sorry, forgot to turn my crystal ball off, dammit.)

8 posted on 09/01/2003 11:33:24 PM PDT by fire_eye
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To: Diddle E. Squat
The reasons Californians should support Proposition 54 are for all the reasons that the author says we should reject it. Namely, the presupposition that any statistical differences between the races and ethnicities are a clear indication that discrimination and racism is the root cause.

Everyone of the examples which the author quoted as reasons for continuing the collection of this information can be easily explained as a result of something other than racism and discrimination if a little bit of intellectual rigor was used. Of course, if this were the case, we might actual be able to solve these problems if they have solutions at all ( i.e. I don't know what I can do to remedy the poor credit histories of blacks and Hispanics).

The argument that we need to collect these statistics, because they will point out the existence racism and discrimination, kind of commits the classic mistake of "begging the question."

9 posted on 09/01/2003 11:49:16 PM PDT by Coeur de Lion
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To: Diddle E. Squat
The author of this article sounds like a very good, loony left, friend of mine who sports a "Racism is Typical" bumper sticker. I asked him recently (while camping up in Pt Reyes, in the SF Bay area, really beautiful by the way) whether he really believed that, and he replied that he believes that "racism is woven into the fabric of society."

So, no amount of progress is good enough for these people. They see racism somewhere and assume that it exists everywhere. I don't know how many times I've gotten liberal friends of mine to admit (after trying to persuade them through reason or moral arguments) that they think most people are racist and so government must do this or that. I don't know whether they actually believe this, but they have surely convinced themselves that it is an a priori position required by their politics.

10 posted on 09/01/2003 11:54:54 PM PDT by KayEyeDoubleDee (const tag& constTagPassedByReference)
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To: Diddle E. Squat
Has the Houston Chronicle carried any news and info about the decapitation of that poor trainee doctor at St. Joseph's Hospital?

Where's the story on the workers comp claim, life insurance claim, and hapless hospital administrators who permitted such a disaster????
11 posted on 09/01/2003 11:59:21 PM PDT by bonesmccoy (Defeat the terrorists... Vaccinate!)
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To: Diddle E. Squat
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12 posted on 09/02/2003 12:27:48 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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To: Diddle E. Squat
OK, so let me get this straight. Liberals believe:
  1. "There is no such thing as race."
  2. "There are no differences between the races,"
  3. "The differences between the races are the only important thing."
Anybody else see a little contradiction here?

d.o.l.

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13 posted on 09/02/2003 4:30:32 AM PDT by Criminal Number 18F
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To: Diddle E. Squat
They're lying libs on racial classification just as they're lying about congressional redistricting in Texas. That's the Houston Chronicle for y'all.
14 posted on 09/02/2003 4:42:43 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Criminal Number 18F
Anybody else see a little contradiction here?

No, but I am wearing my goverment issued rose colored glasses today.

15 posted on 09/02/2003 8:31:58 AM PDT by razorback-bert
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16 posted on 09/02/2003 8:33:13 AM PDT by mhking
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To: Diddle E. Squat
race is very real and cannot yet be ignored.

A couple of observations:

1) This statement loses some of it's impact when translated from the original German...

2) Klan members, such as David Duke or Robert Byrd, couldn't have said it better.

17 posted on 09/02/2003 8:55:42 AM PDT by Onelifetogive
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To: Diddle E. Squat
This article is crap. I think I will be a medical profundity then... maybe I will need my own specialist seeing as how because my grandmother is black the breathing tube may not go in all the way. Or maybe because my another one of my grandparents are Asian I may get glaucoma partly... GARBAGE. They're trying any which way to get around Prop 54. They can't make a person select their race. When I went to hospital, I asked my race to be left black but the nurse put black, then white. I told her she's more confused than me. Frankly, it would be another paper trail for the government to look at in the interest of 'national security'.
18 posted on 09/02/2003 9:59:09 AM PDT by cyborg (i'm half and half... me mum is a muggle and me dad is a witch)
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19 posted on 09/02/2003 2:00:35 PM PDT by farmfriend ( Isaiah 55:10,11)
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To: Diddle E. Squat
We'd never know just how much more difficult it was for African-Americans and Hispanics to get bank loans or home mortgages, or that a visit to the doctor by people of color didn't automatically result in the same quality of care.

What about people with big noses? What about people with blonde hair vs. red hair, what about bowlegged people vs. flat-footed people? How do we know how much more difficult life is for THEM? I think we need some really long checklists if we are going to really effectively divide our society into envious squabbling factions.

20 posted on 09/02/2003 2:08:50 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (It's time for Arnold to stop splitting the Republican vote and step aside for the good of the party)
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To: Diddle E. Squat
We'd never know just how much more difficult it was for African-Americans and Hispanics to get bank loans or home mortgages,

Those are mostly based on credit ratings. It's been years since I had to have an interview for a loan. I suppose people named "Kweisi" or "Gonzales" might think their problems are race based, but I'd guess that credit ratings are the problem.

And we wouldn't have known that in some cities where "minorities" constitute a substantial portion of the population, candidates of color never seem to get enough votes to win an election.

How can that be racism? It seems to me that the racist view is the one that thinks minorities are too dumb to vote.

21 posted on 09/02/2003 4:51:47 PM PDT by speekinout
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee
The author of this article sounds like a very good, loony left, friend of mine who sports a "Racism is Typical" bumper sticker. I asked him recently (while camping up in Pt Reyes, in the SF Bay area, really beautiful by the way) whether he really believed that, and he replied that he believes that "racism is woven into the fabric of society."

The reason that the left is so focused on race and racism is that they are personally very racist and assume that everyone else is as racist as they are. Instead of admitting their own racism and confronting it, they want some socialist utopian "solution" that will make them feel good about themselves (and their deep-rooted racism) without doing anything about the problem.

22 posted on 09/04/2003 7:55:23 PM PDT by exDemMom (Michael Jackson for Governor!)
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The reason that the left is so focused on race and racism is that they are personally very racist and assume that everyone else is as racist as they are.

I don't think that's right. I think the problem is that their political positions are more tenable when based on the assumption that most people are racist. I don't think leftist are any more racist, as a group, than anyone else.

23 posted on 09/05/2003 5:09:06 AM PDT by KayEyeDoubleDee (const tag& constTagPassedByReference)
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee
I don't think that's right. I think the problem is that their political positions are more tenable when based on the assumption that most people are racist. I don't think leftist are any more racist, as a group, than anyone else.

I'm speaking from my personal experience. Between work and family, I know only two other conservatives (hubby and son). Most of the racism I hear expressed is very polite, and very condescending. For instance, the attitude that leads to affirmative action (i.e. quotas) is based on a fundamental belief that certain people are inferior. Examine any liberal belief on race, and it basically comes down to a belief in the inherent superiority of one group over another. I think a lot of liberals are very racist, but unwilling or unable to confront it or acknowledge it openly.

24 posted on 09/05/2003 9:26:00 PM PDT by exDemMom (Michael Jackson for Governor!)
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