21′ HJR0010 – Parkinson

Bill Description

A RESOLUTION to recognize racism as a public health threat. WHEREAS, the American Medical Association (AMA) recently adopted a new policy
recognizing racism as a public health threat and committed to actively work on dismantling racist policies and practices across all of health care; and
WHEREAS, in June 2020, the AMA Board of Trustees acknowledged the health consequences of violent police interactions and denounced racism as an urgent threat to public health, pledging action to confront systemic racism, racial injustice, and police brutality; and
WHEREAS, the new policy approved by the AMA, representing physicians and medical students from every state and medical specialty, opposes all forms of racism as a threat to public health and calls on AMA to take prescribed steps to combat racism, including acknowledging the harm caused by racism and unconscious bias within medical research and health care; identifying tactics to counter racism and mitigate its health effects; encouraging medical education curricula to promote a greater understanding of the topic; supporting external policy development and funding for researching racism's health risks and damages; and working to prevent influences of racism and bias in health technology innovation; and
WHEREAS, though previous AMA policies and principles have emphasized the need to eliminate health disparities and called on physicians to prevent violence of all kinds, the new policy explicitly acknowledges racism's role in perpetuating health inequities and inciting harm against historically marginalized communities and society as a whole; and
WHEREAS, specifically, the new policy recognizes racism in its systemic, cultural, interpersonal, and other forms as a serious threat to public health, to the advancement of health equity, and a barrier to appropriate medical care, making clear that a proactive approach to prevent, or identify and eliminate, racism is crucial—particularly considering that studies show historically marginalized populations in the United States have shorter lifespans, greater physical and mental illness burden, earlier onset and aggressive progression of disease, higher maternal and infant mortality, and less access to health care; and
WHEREAS, the AMA's policy describes systemic racism as a structural and legalized system that results in differential access to goods and services, including healthcare services; cultural racism as negative and harmful racial stereotypes portrayed in culturally shared media and experiences; and interpersonal racism as implicit and explicit racial prejudice, including explicitly expressed racist beliefs and implicitly held racist attitudes and actions based upon or resulting from these prejudices; and
WHEREAS, additionally, the new policy requests AMA to identify a set of best practices for healthcare institutions, physician practices, and academic medical centers to address and mitigate the effects of racism on patients, providers, international medical graduates, and populations; it also guides the AMA's position on developing and implementing medical education programs that generate a deeper understanding of the causes, influences, and effects of all forms of racism and how to prevent and improve the health effects of racism; and
WHEREAS, further, the policy asks that AMA support the creation of external policy to combat racism and its effects and encourage federal agencies and other organizations to expand research funding into the epidemiology of risks and damages related to racism; in addition, the policy asserts that the AMA will work to prevent and protect against the influences of racism and bias in innovative health technologies; and
WHEREAS, fully understanding that there is tremendous work still to be done to ensure that everyone has the opportunity, conditions, resources, and power to achieve optimal health, the AMA is committed to collaborating with stakeholders to confront the issue of racism within our society; and

WHEREAS, the AMA continues to urge other leading health organizations to also take up the mantle of intolerance for racism as it pushes upstream to dismantle racism across all of health care—driving the future of medicine toward anti-racism; and
WHEREAS, the State of Tennessee should seek to address the impact of racism on public health at all levels of government; now, therefore,

TLRC Position

TLRC thoughtfully opposes this resolution.
A demographic that has exhibited every necessary trait for success in an infinite number of fields, has been led by devious and dishonest educational materials and educators to believe that they are incapable of achieving the highest levels in those fields and must remain dependent on a government that is pretending to be benevolent. That is nonsense.
The first American female millionaire was a black woman: Madam C.J. Walker (born Sarah Breedlove; December 23, 1867 - May 25, 1919) was an African American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and political and social activist. She is recorded as the first female self-made millionaire in America in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Black millionaires comprise 8% of the millionaire population, on par with Asians and better than the 7% that are Latino. Any barriers that existed a century ago have long since been broken down.
We firmly insist that racism, if it does exist, has been turned on its head for purely evil political objectives. White supremacy is now the consummate evil; another fabrication of the NWO.
When claims of systemic racism are made, no credible specific examples can be cited. Arrests and incarcerations are often cited as evidence, but never with accurate accounts of crimes committed by that demographic. ---"If you do the crime, you do the time."
Perhaps if educators, politicos, and the MSM were telling those Americans what they CAN do, instead of what they can't, there would be less black crime, fewer black incarcerations, fewer black deaths, and more black millionaires.

TLRC Observed Process

This resolution passed House Health subcommittee, House Health, and Finance. Ways & Means with only two dissenting votes: Paul Sherrell (R, Sparta) and Ryan Williams (R, Cookeville) before it was sent to summer study.
Our thanks and kudos to those two courageous members.

We strongly advise that it not be brought back in 2022.

Vote Result: Committee Only

Score: -5