When we talk about the quality of healthcare in Black communities, think Huffman. Or don’t. I’m sure y’all already know about Buckeye State lawmaker Steve Huffman’s — um — musings about why African Americans have higher COVID-19 infection rates: Could it just be that African Americans or the colored population do not wash their hands […]Read More Quick comment and advice on Ohio State Senator Steve Huffman wondering if African Americans or ‘colored’ people are hit harder by coronavirus because they ‘do not wash their hands as well’
But we ARE living in 2020 … With 40 million Americans out of work while the coronavirus pandemic has scared most other Americans out of resuming life as usual, should there even be a question about President Donald Trump passing another round of fiscal ‘stimulus’ to avoid what could easily become the second Great Depression? No […]Read More Of course, there will be another coronavirus ‘stimulus’ in the US …
Premature mortality, mental trauma, depression, anxiety … Warning: embedded videos contain graphic violence. What if your innocent and non-threatening family member or neighbor was attacked by a police dog — like then-52-year old Desiree Collins was when she was taking out her household trash nearly three years ago? How do you think Collins should feel […]Read More A reminder that police violence is a danger to communities’ mental health. And research supports that claim.
Here’s what “We’re in the same boat” means during a pandemic right now. Answer this: if someone has been aporophobic or racist — be it blatant, passive, willfully ignorant or plain hateful — for much of their lives, how is a coronavirus pandemic going to magically make them believe “we’re in this together” or “in […]Read More Memorial day thought: what does American society come back from — or come back to — after coronavirus?
Right now, US Fed Reserve Chair Jerome Powell and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin are remotely testifying to the Senate Banking Committee about stimulus spending and the economy during the coronavirus pandemic. Mnuchin’s view is similar to that of his boss, President Donald Trump: they want scared and brave Americans to re-open the economy by leaving […]Read More Senate hearing with Mnuchin and Powell is happening now — and you can see the most obvious B.S. about reopening the US economy
A reliable source of quarantine-era annoyance arrived in the form of President Donald Trump and his team, who straddled weeks of mounting news about American deaths resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, sluggishly following through with additional public health protection measures beyond executing the delayed and scattered thinking of travel bans (here’s one big reason out […]Read More Three last words about the Obama pandemic playbook debate: it doesn’t matter.
“[Africa] Artillery shelling and scorched earth policy have been replaced by an economic dependency.” —Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth Since my childhood, I’ve witnessed speeches, marketing campaigns and herbal tea-sipping Birkenstock Liberals scream the virtues of controlling Africa’s population. So, guess who’s not surprised to find Microsoft and international nonprofit co-founder Bill Gates, […]Read More Here we go with this “Africa is overpopulated” bit again — thanks to Bill Gates, Aliko Dangote, and Mo Ibrahim
How can Black, Brown and poor people live long lives in communities not designed for people to live long? I saw this “fight COVID-19 now” vs. “Medicare for all” video on Roland Martin’s Twitter feed (be sure to watch the video): Which explains why I can’t be a politician: every policy question has to be […]Read More Coronavirus and racism — we keep chasing the hammer that struck us, but never the hand behind it
While hospitals — IN AMERICA — are experiencing a shortage of swabs to test patients for coronavirus, President Donald Trump continues to blame everyone else for the descent of America’s healthcare system to a third-world existence. Ironic. America ran out of Third World candidates to mack, so America colonized itself. But that’s not this story. […]Read More Trump’s big lie of the moment: why he wants to freeze WHO funding
ask your political leaders why they donʼt talk about ‘social determinants of health’ to see how much they care … I’ll start by heading off the near-inevitable “What about White people” pushback whenever someone else mentions a unique and more intense version of hell that Black and Brown folks are experiencing. Sure — coronavirus doesn’t […]Read More Coronavirus: more proof Black and poor communities are designed for racist death (and politicians don’t care enough)