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Peter Zohrab 2021

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(Open Letter to Science Magazine)


Dear sir/Madam,

I am writing to you about the article, "Addressing racial inequities in medicine," which appeared on pages 348-349 of the 23 April 2021 issue (Vol. 372 Issue 6540) of Science. It was published under the headings "Insights," "Perspectives" and "Viewpoint", which may somewhat limit the responsibility of Science magazine for its content, I suppose. However, I see that you charge submitters a large processing fee, so you would have approved the contents of this article, it seems.

The article states:

"Black people comprise 12.5% of the US population, yet they account for more than 18% of COVID-19 associated deaths."

That is a figure for Black people which is only 1.44 times the figure for the population as a whole. It is a small discrepancy. The authoresses, who are Black women, apparently, are hyping up a small problem.


The article also states:

"Although Black and Latinx populations in the US experience higher rates of infection, hospitalization and deaths compared with White populations, they have similar case fatality rates, suggesting that there is no innate vulnerability or susceptibility to COVID-19." (I have capitalised the word "White", because it was racist of the authoresses to capitalise the words "Black" and "Latinx", but not the word "White").


Actually, the above facts suggest more than that. They also suggest that there are no racial inequities in the medical treatment of Blacks and Latinx patients for COVID-19, as compared to White patients. That means that the title, "Addressing racial inequities in medicine," is misleading and deceptive.


They go on to state:

"Persistent COVID-19 racial and ethnic inequities are likely caused by structural racism that results in an increased risk of exposure and inadequate health care access in communities of color."

The word "persistent" implies a continued problem over a substantial amount of time -- but the COVID-19 crisis has only been with us for a relatively short time. The authoresses use the word "likely", instead of providing evidence. The reason that they find it "likely" is that they have predetermined that racism is the problem. Mere evidence is the least of their concerns! We have already seen that Blacks and Latinx populations have similar case fatality rates to Whites, which means that any supposed "inadequate health care access in communities of color" cannot logically be considered relevant to the COVID-19 situation.

There may indeed be an increased risk of exposure for Black and Latinx populations, but the authoresses link this to the following three factors, because of greater person-to-person contact and/or less ability to self-isolate:

  1. an overrepresentation in service-industry jobs;

  2. shared and congregate housing; and

  3. the use of public transportation


We have already seen that Black and Latinx populations have no innate vulnerability or susceptibility to COVID-19, so any increased risk of exposure must logically be run by ALL populations which are employed in service-industry jobs, live in shared and congregate housing and/or use public transportation. So why do these racist authoresses hate non-Latinx and non-Black people so much that they ignore them entirely, in their determined drive to construct an image of structural racism?


After dealing with the COVID-19 issue as outlined above, the authoresses state:

":... there is ... and urgent need and opportunity to dismantle structural racism within the traditional functions of the medical and scientific community."

However, this article has not succeeded in establishing that there is structural racism in the medical and scientific community, so there is no demonstrated need to dismantle it! I agree with their assertion that race and ethnicity are mere social and political constructs. In that case, the authoresses should not have used these constructs when trying to make a case for the medical disadvantagement of certain races and ethnicities!

I do agree that the COVID-19 crisis provides an OPPORTUNITY for Black activists to push their racist agenda. Black activists may have real grievances on some issues, but they have already demonstrated their opportunistic willingness to go around videoing Black male victims of police violence, while ignoring White male victims of police violence. Then their friends in the media show these videos to the unsuspecting public and create a fake IMAGE of the problem, while ignoring the statistics. As I pointed out in my article, The "Black Lives Matter" Movement is Sexist and Racist", Blacks are only killed by police at TWICE the rate for Whites, whereas males are killed at TWENTY-TWO TIMES the rate for females! So it is really a Men's Lives Matter issue, more than a Black Lives Matter issue.

I look forward to Science magazine publishing an article entitled, "Addressing anti-male gender inequities in medicine."


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Someone has let women out of the kitchen -- and they have been telling lies ever since!




Peter Douglas Zohrab

Latest Update

19 July 2021