It’s the Pavlovian call of the American wild where absurdity has become the new normal. It is “racism,” and aside from hearing it exists in an institutional form still, no one has actually produced evidence that it does.
That is not stopping various entities from major league sports leagues to companies desperate to share their “woke” status from making statements and moves to demonstrate their determination to fight the nebulous monster at all costs.
The latest statement of such comes to us from the Center for Disease Control which has an actual reason to try to maintain a reputation for fairness, but in this case…it seems like some public relations flack needed something to do one afternoon.
A growing body of research shows that centuries of racism in this country have had a profound and negative impact on communities of color. The impact is pervasive and deeply embedded in our society—affecting where one lives, learns, works, worships, and plays and creating inequities in access to a range of social and economic benefits—such as housing, education, wealth, and employment. These conditions—often referred to as social determinants of health—are key drivers of health inequities within communities of color, placing those within these populations at greater risk for poor health outcomes.
Higher risks for poor health outcomes wouldn’t have anything to do with lifestyle choices like what food and drink one consumes, how much sugar, whether or not one smokes, how much exercise one gets, or obesity.
Oh, no. It’s all about “racism.”
“Additionally, the life expectancy of non-Hispanic/Black Americans is four years lower than that of White Americans,” the entry reads.
“The COVID-19 pandemic, and its disproportionate impact among racial and ethnic minority populations is another stark example of these enduring health disparities,” the agency continues, also identifying racism as depriving the U.S. and scientific and medical community “of the full breadth of talent, expertise, and perspectives needed to best address racial and ethnic health disparities.”
As a result, the U.S. “must confront the systems and policies that have resulted in the generational injustice that has given rise to racial and ethnic health inequities,” the agency adds, although it did not list specific systems and policies it believes need the U.S. must face head-on.
Well, maybe Congress could start by gutting the every so many year farm bill that hands out subsidies corn which gives us high fructose corn syrup, and other not so healthy foods which are fingered as the culprits in obesity. That would be a place to start for recommendations from the organization that is supposed to be helping to control disease, especially those related to being overweight.