June 30th 2020
Inhumanity toward Black Americans
The murder of George Floyd on May 25 by a police officer, as three other officers looked on, triggered worldwide outpouring of horror, rage, and solidarity. This act of brutality heightens the shame of our four-hundred year history of inhumanity toward Black Americans.
Shared humanity among the vast majority.
A segment of our society continues rhetoric and actions to divide us along lines of race, class, gender, ethnicity, age, religion, geography. But the global reaction to the murder confirms the sense of shared humanity among the vast majority.
Being black and poor in the United States is a serious health hazard.
For Black Americans our health care system is as sickening and lethal as was a knee on the neck of George Floyd. Martin Luther King said, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and inhuman.” The worst inequities in health and health care, of course, affect People of Color and the poor. The masters of the Medical Industrial Complex use that difference to fear-monger the better-off group into defending a system” that isn’t as much “broken” as it is “fixed”. Being black and poor in the United States is a serious health hazard.
Equal value to every human being
There is the challenge of accessing quality health care. But there are the social determinants of health that create ongoing vulnerabilities to health. These are the lack of adequate food, housing, environment, wages, education, transportation, child-care, elder-care, family, community, organizing rights, voting rights, and police protection. We can be a good society, one centered on the constitution’s general welfare clause. That clause assigns equal value to every human being.
Embrace a justice for all agenda.
We must strive to embrace a justice for all agenda. Only that approach will mobilize the critical mass (15-20 million) of Americans needed to force passage of needed legislation. We need constant, unrelenting, sustained democratic action, supported by millions more pro-democracy friends, cohorts, and allies. Our pro-democracy journey may well begin with the conquest of the Medical Industrial Complex, and a system of true Universal Health Care in its place.
Universal Health must be our Vision.
But it cannot stop there. We must strive to be a Whole and Complete Society that truly and equally values all lives. While Universal Health Care is our Mission, Universal Health must be our Vision. Become a member of One Payer States today at https://onepayerstates.org/donate/
Thanks for all you do. Grazie mille!
In it to win it!
President, One Payer States