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Journal’s “Horrifying” Racist Podcast, Tweet Prompt Protest

Provocative tweets from well-known medical journals aimed to raise interest in racist podcasts. Instead, Twitter posts and podcasts aroused backlash and warnings from the group of doctors publishing the journal.

Tweets from Journal of American Medical Association “There are no doctors who are racists, so how is structural racism in medicine?” It advertised a podcast episode featuring two white doctors, a deputy journal editor and a doctor who runs the New York City medical system.

They were discussing how structural racism worsens health outcomes and what the health care system can do to resolve it, JAMA said in an online account.

Designed for doctors, this episode was first posted last week and was billed as a discussion for skeptics. It contained comments that racism is illegal and is a term that should be avoided as it evokes negative emotions.

The journal later deleted the tweet. Its top editor, Dr. Howard Boschner, apology Part of Thursday’s tweet and podcast.

Protests continued on Twitter on Friday. Some called the podcast “very valuable,” he said, and doctors who experienced racism should have been involved.

The American Medical Association, which owns and publishes JAMA but does not edit and control its content, Tweet On Thursday, the podcast was “wrong, wrong, and harmful.” “There is structural racism in health care and our society, and it is our duty to correct it,” Dr. James Madara, Chief Executive Officer of the Association, said in a statement. Said.

Dr. Areta Maybank of Black, AMA’s Chief Equity Officer, Called JAMA’s tweets and podcasts are “absolutely horrifying.”

Dr. Brittany James, a Black Chicago physician who co-founded the Institute for Anti-Racism in Medicine, Blame the journal “Whitening racism”.

Dr. Uche Blackstock on the development of health inequalities Tweet “Yes, doctors can definitely be racists,” JAMA shouldn’t have deleted the tweet. Her group works to combat racism in medicine.

A spokeswoman for a journal said Friday that Boschner had no additional comments.


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