Mounting concern about the inclusion of critical race theory concepts in public schools became a deciding factor in the outcome of Virginia’s recent gubernatorial race.
A new report suggests that the Biden administration hopes to include similar controversial concepts in training for the nation’s doctors.
“Commitment to anti-racism”
In an opinion piece published by The Epoch Times on Wednesday, Wesley J. Smith pointed to new regulations included in the 2021 Federal Register.
Specifically, the rule calls on health care providers to “create and implement an anti-racist plan,” including a share of Medicare income as an incentive.
“The plan should include a clinic-wide review of existing tools and policies, such as value statements or clinical practice guidelines, to ensure that they include and are aligned with a commitment to anti-racism and an understanding of race as a political and social construct, not a physiological one,” the rule reportedly stipulates.
As Smith pointed out in his piece, characterizing race as a political and social construct is common among proponents of critical race theory, including How to Be an Antiracist author Ibram X. Kendi.
In that book, Kendi argues that “antiracist discrimination,” or disadvantaging today’s white population, is a justified response to the historical mistreatment of minorities.
“The only remedy to racist discrimination is antiracist discrimination,” Kendi wrote. “The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination. The only remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination.”
“Tearing this country apart”
Taken even further, such a philosophy could lead doctors to provide inferior care to white patients on the grounds that they often have more favorable health outcomes than certain minority groups.
In fact, journalist Glenn Greenwald has already highlighted an effort in New York City to use race as a factor in determining which COVID-19 patients are eligible to receive monoclonal antibody treatment for the virus.
Furthermore, Smith pointed to an article in the New England Journal of Medicine in which psychiatrist Neil K. Aggarwal declared that the White House “should distribute resources differentially in order to benefit groups that are persistently disadvantaged.”
Denouncing the intrusion of identity politics and critical race theory into the health care industry, Smith concluded that it “is a prescription for tearing this country apart.”