This was reported by Lindsay Kalter on April 8, 2021 in Medscape Medical News:
“I walked in very much not knowing what to expect. I wasn’t sure how much accountability we’d see from them because they’ve been distancing from JAMA,” says Brittani James, MD, an assistant professor of clinical family medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and cofounder of the Institute for Antiracism in Medicine. “What we want to see is action. The AMA has the size, resources, and power to really do something. They can move mountains.”
James helped start a petition, which has more than 8000 signatures, calling for a culture change at JAMA. She and seven other Black doctors, a group in its fledgling stages called the Black Healers Network, met with top officials at the AMA to demand action regarding decades of racism that have shortened the lives of Black and Brown people.
Among AMA leaders at the meeting were the CEO and its chief health equity officer.
In response to a request for comment about the meeting, an AMA spokesperson issued the following statement: “AMA leaders are grateful to the many physicians who have expressed concern about the deeply harmful podcast and tweet published by the JAMA Network. We have heard from longstanding AMA members, physician leaders within our organization, as well as other physicians, about the pain caused by this event but also their guidance and ideas for how the AMA might address these issues. AMA leaders are listening and learning and we are committed to dismantling structural racism across the AMA and in health care.” […]
The AMA has openly criticized the 16-minute podcast from JAMA, aired February 23, that attempted to discuss structural racism in the US healthcare system.
The episode featured host Ed Livingston, MD, then–deputy editor for clinical reviews and education at JAMA, and guest Mitchell Katz, MD, the president and CEO for NYC Health + Hospitals and deputy editor of JAMA Internal Medicine. Livingston approached the episode as “structural racism for skeptics.”
Livingston, who is White, said during the podcast, “Structural racism is an unfortunate term. Personally, I think taking racism out of the conversation will help. Many of us are offended by the concept that we are racist.”
Since then, Livingston has resigned and AMA’s Journal Oversight Committee announced that JAMA’s editor-in-chief, Howard Bauchner, MD, was placed on leave pending the outcome of an investigation into the podcast.
The association immediately distanced itself from the journal. In a statement, CEO James L. Madara, MD, said: “JAMA has editorial independence from AMA, but this tweet and podcast are inconsistent with the policies and views of AMA and I’m concerned about and acknowledge the harms they have caused. Structural racism in health care and our society exists and it is incumbent on all of us to fix it.”
This was another triumph for our Black comrades in their struggle against structural (systemic) racism. Dr. Brittani James and her cadre of seven showed what a small, dedicated vanguard can accomplish against overwhelming opposition when equity and social justice are on their side. The Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson would be very proud, as would Chairman Mao, whose Red Guards foreshadowed our cancel culture.
The white supremacist leadership at the AMA and the JAMA folded without defending themselves and accepted their otherization, also known as cancellation. As highly educated progressives, they had no other choice but to go through the ritual sacrifice of their careers.
Vanguards – the Marxist term for elite, militant groups of industrial workers of the proletariat who are the most committed to the conflict of the classes and actively participate in the revolutionary struggle. Also called revolutionary cadres.
In the strategy conceptualized by Marx and Lenin, vanguards infiltrate and subvert existing political parties to create a popular front. These parties finally coalesce into a single vanguard party, which then becomes the only legitimate political party (Communist) in a one-party system. Vanguards were instrumental in the success of the October Revolution.
The Comintern (Third International) applied this strategy internationally. Communist parties were established in countries which were still in the stage of social and cultural change, but they remained under the control of the central party in Soviet Russia. Their members infiltrated other progressive or left-leaning political parties to form Popular Fronts of “fellow travelers.”
Mao adapted the same strategy in his revolutionary struggle against the Kuomintang (Nationalists). China was an agrarian country at that time, with relatively few proletarians but a lot of peasants. His cadres would travel to remote areas as community organizers among the peasants, promising them land reform. They would join local political parties to subvert and control them for their version of a popular front.
Trotsky’s Fourth International and his Socialist Worker’s Party (SWP) also used the same technique but with a new name, “entryism,” whereby its members would join (enter) other socialist parties, worker’s unions, and movements such as civil rights and anti-war, in order to take over their leadership.
Note: Community organizers, social justice advocates, Black Lives Matter, and antifa are our vanguards in the ongoing ideologic struggle for racial, economic, and social justice. They have infiltrated and taken leadership positions in the Democratic Party in the United States.
Red Guards – a movement of militant, patriotic students during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) in the People’s Republic of China under Mao Zedong.
The Red Guards were noted for their devotion to Chairman Mao and the Marxist-Leninist theory of class struggle, which they demonstrated by the subjugation and humiliation of their teachers, subjecting them to public ridicule and “struggle sessions” to admit their transgressions and counter-revolutionary thoughts. They also assisted in the destruction of cultural relics and artifacts of the pre-Communist past. When their actions became overtly anarchic and themselves counter-revolutionary, the Red Guards were suppressed by the People’s Liberation Army and disbanded.
Their contemporary counterparts in the West are the heroic social justice warriors of Black Lives Matter and antifa who struggle to suppress white supremacy and systemic racism wherever it raises its ugly head and to destroy all monuments to our racist past.