DOCTORS RACIST? American Medical Assoc Releases Guide to ‘Advance Health Equity’ in a ‘Racialized Sense’

The American Medical Associated released a new guide in late October to help “advance health equity” in a “racialized sense” for doctors and patients across the United States.

“Given the deep divides that exist between groups in the United States, understanding and empathy can be extremely challenging for many because of an inability to really ‘walk a mile in another’s shoes’ in a racialized sense,” a preface to the AMA guide says. “Collectively, we have an opportunity and obligation to overcome these fissures and create spaces for understanding and healing.”

Read a sample below:

The Association of American Medical Colleges’ headquarters is located in Washington, D.C., the traditional homelands of the Nacotchtank, Piscataway and Pamunkey people. The American Medical Association’s headquarters is located in the Chicago area on taken ancestral lands of indigenous tribes, such as the Council of the Three Fires, composed of the Ojibwe, Odawa and Potawatomi Nations, as well as the Miami, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Sac, Fox, Kickapoo and Illinois Nations.

With more than 65,000 Native Americans and Indigenous peoples represented in
175 different tribes, Chicago today has the third-largest urban Indigenous population in the U.S. More than 4,000 American Indians and Indigenous peoples still reside in the District of Columbia. We acknowledge their ancestors were forced out by colonization, genocide, disease and war.

The AAMC and AMA also acknowledge the extraction of brilliance, energy and life for labor forced upon millions of people of African descent for more than 400 years.

Read the full guide here.