Believe me, many people have been trying and failing to initiate antiracism in the medical community since at least the 50s, but there’s always been some White person (or token Black pawn) to deprioritize, defund, or otherwise thwart the effort.
I’m willing to bet my right arm that the people implementing (and no doubt taking credit for) this initiative are not the same people who recommended and fought for it decades ago. Those people probably weren’t even invited to participate in planning.
Believe me, this “new" initiative exists on the backs of a lot of a whole lot of people who are now traumatized, pissed off, or dead. (Including me. I’m only now — thanks to BLM and, oddly enough, COVID-19 — well enough to talk about my lived experiences — as both a patient and practitioner in this farce we call healthcare — after being gaslight into psychiatric crisis and blackballed into virtual unemployability. More on that later).
I wouldn’t be surprised if this whole thing turns out to be just another PR stunt. Pretty convenient timing, dontcha think? No one who’s managed to survive the gaslighting of the medical and academic communities is impressed by this.
Call me cynical, but I’m just not into medical theatre. There’s only room for one Grey’s Anatomy in this lifetime — and I wasn’t a fan of that one either!