Medical school lecturer at Washington University in St. Louis profanely warns students not to debate her progressive teachings on race

Students at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis had better not question the institution’s uncompromising approach to race, which many find radical.

That was the message this fall from Kaytlin Reedy-Rogier, a lecturer from the university’s Understanding Systemic Racism Team, as reported by Fox News.

“I have a really hard time being neutral around issues of systemic oppression,” Reedy-Rogier allegedly told a class in a video obtained by Fox News Digital. “So, oftentimes you will know how I feel. This does not mean that I am opposed to hearing other perspectives. I would like to be very clear about that. I am always willing to engage in dialogue with folks that may disagree with me. Always.

“And I will not think less of you, nor will I try to fight you or debate you. And in fact, if you try to fight me or debate me, I will shut that s–t down real fast.”

The Heartlander reached out to a Washington University School of Medicine spokesperson to ask whether Reedy-Rogier’s warning to students not to debate her on race was appropriate, or suitable to an institution of higher learning’s mission of free inquiry.

Fox News talked with one expert who says it isn’t.

Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, director of Do No Harm, which launched in April to “protect healthcare from a radical, divisive, and discriminatory ideology,”  blasted both Reedy-Rogier’s bedside manner and the medical school’s racial curriculum – arguing they are subverting the distinguished legacy of the school.

“Washington University of St. Louis is one of the outstanding research institutions in the country. Yet, it is undermining that legacy with a racist approach to medical education,” Goldfarb told Fox News Digital.

“These videos of faculty teaching medical students that they must consider race as a primary factor in practicing medicine is a corruption of health care. There is no valid evidence that health care disparities are the result of the manner in which patients are treated by physicians. To claim that is the case only prevents an effective approach to reducing disparities, such as improving access to health care and better patient and community education about adherence to treatment plans and early recognition of the signs and symptoms of disease.”

Such teaching appears to be happening in medical schools across the nation, as well: Fox News reports watchdog has discovered 23 of the country’s 25 most respected medical schools include at least some mandatory teaching on CRT. In addition, 16 of the top 25 U.S. medical schools have embedded anti-racism, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, CRT or comparable lessons into their curriculum.

“We believe in making healthcare better for all – not undermining it in pursuit of a political agenda,” reads the Do No Harm website. “We draw attention to the radical ideology of ‘anti-racism’ in healthcare. It is increasingly embedded within medical education and training, medical research, medical practice, and medical public policy, and it’s promoting divisive and discriminatory ideas.

“We believe each and every patient deserves access to the best possible care, and that barriers to care should be broken down. Yet the radical ideology of ‘anti-racism’ is creating new barriers and bad practices that are endangering the health and well-being of everyone – including the people it claims to help.”

Goldfarb further cautions in a video on the site that repeated claims healthcare is racist will only undermine trust in the system and erode the doctor-patient relationship. As a result, distrusting patients will be less likely to seek care and follow sound medical advice.

The video notes the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 exhortation that our fellow Americans “not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” His “I Have a Dream” speech came at a time when racism indeed did course through medicine and much of the rest of society.

But now, Goldfarb warns medical practitioners, “we’re being asked to re-create that period and start to reintroduce discrimination back into medical practice. … This undermines the whole basis of medical ethics.”

In many cases, healthcare professionals aren’t being asked to do it they’re being told to. That was the sad experience of Do No Harm’s program manager and former nurse Laura Morgan. Her integrative healthcare organization in Texas fired her for refusing to take “implicit bias” training.

“The whole concept of implicit bias training is to tell you that you are biased, you are racist, you may do things that harm your patients if you don’t admit to your preferences and your privileges and those sort of things,” Morgan told The Heartlander. “The final question in the course asked, ‘Do you agree to address your implicit biases at the moment of decision-making so you don’t treat someone unfairly?’

“If you come to my emergency room and you’re bleeding out from a wound, I think you want me to address that, rather than stopping and saying, ‘Whoop, wait a minute. I might be a little biased against this guy. What might my biases be? I don’t want to harm him in that way.’ It’s just very counterproductive to everything that healthcare is supposed to be about, and it really erodes trust between healthcare providers and patients.”

So, for refusing to take such training she lost her near-40-year career of taking care of people.

The good part, she says, is that now she’s in a position to help put a stop to that.



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