Let me be clear: eliminating structural whiteness means ending the economic and political systems that privilege some white people over others. In the end, this hurts *everyone* including non-white and/or Black people, but also other white people, especially those who are poor.— Rhea Boyd MD, MPH (@RheaBoydMD) January 11, 2020
The goal is to improve life expectancy (how long we all live) for all Americans by decreasing all premature deaths. Scholars are in agreement on this point. And there is a wealth of literature in this field of study that everyone can find to learn more on pubmed.— Rhea Boyd MD, MPH (@RheaBoydMD) January 11, 2020
Please stop reading White Fragility.— Rhea Boyd MD, MPH (@RheaBoydMD) June 27, 2020
Stop recommending it.
Stop sharing it.
White Fragility caters to readers who want controlled self-flagellation for their complicity and participation in systems that deeply harm folks of color and Black folks in particular.— Rhea Boyd MD, MPH (@RheaBoydMD) June 27, 2020
The intersecting forms of violence that shorten Black lives do not come from a social, economic, or political position of “fragility.”— Rhea Boyd MD, MPH (@RheaBoydMD) June 27, 2020
It comes from the forces outlined in these books.
Then Read “This Bridge Called My Back” to understand why I shouldn’t even have to say this.
To be clear, I am suggesting these books because they provide actual analysis. The authors situate that analysis within ideological traditions they clearly name. And they explicitly interrogate the intersecting forms of oppression that power institutional racism. This is the bar.— Rhea Boyd MD, MPH (@RheaBoydMD) June 27, 2020
I’m going to say something that might be hard to hear, but I’m going to say it anyway.— Rhea Boyd MD, MPH (@RheaBoydMD) November 7, 2020
To those who continue to decry the thin margins in this election, you need to de-center whiteness in your analysis.
This is from the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
“We live in a country that “adultifies” and criminalizes children simply for not being white. “Adultification” is the process by which certain children are perceived as older than their actual age and, as a result, are regarded as less innocent and subject to callous and sometimes violent treatment. This misperception of Black children begins as young as age 5 for Black girls and age 10 for Black boys and is far from benign.
Misperceptions of children that deny them the presumption of innocence affect the ways we, as a society, protect children, legally and socially. Consequently, when children of color are routinely misperceived as older, the protections typically afforded all children as a function of their age and developmental stage can come to uniquely benefit white children as a material advantage of their whiteness. This process has two related effects: it absolves white children from scrutiny, and it contributes to the inordinate policing of children of color.
In this issue of Pediatrics, Jewett et al examine patterns of weapon carrying in US schools among white, Black, and Hispanic boys. Using data from the Youth Behavior Surveillance System from 1993 to 2019, Jewett et al compared self-reported weapon carrying in US high schools by race and/or ethnicity, age, and school climate. Their results expose troubling patterns of weapon carrying in white boys that impugn the common justifications used to disproportionately punish and police Black and Hispanic children. …
A simple answer to both questions is gun control. …”
This garbage trickles down from worthless academics:
- There are too many police officers in black and Hispanic schools in crime-infested urban areas
- The real cause is systematic racism
- White boys in rural America are taking too many guns to school in their pickup trucks
- The solution is gun control
Who is the author?
Apparently, this woman is rather well known. She also published an article in The Lancet called “Despair Doesn’t Kill, Defending Whiteness Does.” This is the type of nonsense that has proliferated across all government agencies in the Biden administration.
Note: Chris Hayes echoed this woman last night on MSNBC when he said that Biz Markie and DMX had died of systematic racism.