The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

How to make racism disappear:
Pretend that it isn't there!

Mar 1, 2004

The Bush administration rewrote a Department of Health and Human services report on the state of health care in the United States.

The original study reported that blacks and Hispanics "tend to be in poorer health than other Americans," and that "disparities are pervasive in our health care system."

Among the dozens of examples illustrating this disparity were these three:

Emergency room waiting time for blacks and Hispanics is several times longer than for whites; and they are less likely to get treated at all.

Hispanics are less likely to get good care when hospitalized for heart attacks.

Blacks and Hispanics are less likely to get needed pain medications.

Bush spokespersons said they thought the original report was too negative. They wanted to focus on the "good things" instead.

So they removed all these examples – and many more. And they introduced their rewritten report with pollyanna blathering: "The overall health of Americans has improved dramatically over the last century."

In other words, they eliminated the effects of racism – by ignoring them.