Tuesday Open Thread | Black Women In Medicine


“Black Women in Medicine” Doc To Hit Theaters On Aug. 26

Source: Coming to theaters in New York (August 26 through September 1) and Los Angeles (September 2 through 8) is “Black Women in Medicine,” the first documentary to explore the history, contemporary issues and future possibilities of African American women physicians through the diverse voices of young medical students, practicing physicians, and elder trailblazers—like former U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders—on what it means to be a Black female doctor in America.

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  1. rikyrah says:

    How Watching the Brilliant Black Women of Team USA Turned Me into a Reluctant Patriot

    by Kimberly Foster @KimberlyNFoster

    As a woman who is both Black and American, my identity is fraught. I have not yet figured out how to reconcile all of its parts, but I do know I am hesitant to embrace patriotism. Because I grew up in the Midwest and South, public displays of strong nationalist sentiment are an immediate cause for concern. If, for example, I encountered a group of white men chanting “USA!” anywhere, I would immediately find an escape. What others may interpret as benign shows of pride are, to me, signals of imminent danger.

    My fears have roots in the racist past and present. For much of the 20th century, the Ku Klux Klan flew American flags at their rallies and exalted, what historian Trevor Griffey calls, “Christian patriotism” while they harassed and terrorized Black and Jewish Americans. These same sentiments embolden white “patriots” today to demean and harass anyone who is not white or Christian, and they undergird the rise of Trumpism as an accepted mode of political discourse. Although it was the stolen labor of my ancestors that “made America great,” my body is still is not seen as sufficiently American in many contexts. Black and brown people wrapping ourselves in the flag offers little protection from those who idealize the United States as a land of white rule; thus. we are perpetually subject to the indignities of simultaneous hypervisibility and erasure.

    Though I rarely carry the mantle of national pride, I did not choose to forego the quadrennial ritual of cheering on Team USA at the Olympics. I’ve been awaiting the Games in Rio for months, mostly to see Simone Biles’ dominance. But I had many more sisters in my head to encourage through my TV screen: Simone Manuel, Gabby, Lia, Venus and Serena, Ibtihaj, Allyson, Clarissa, Michelle, Ashleigh, Brittany, and Nzingha, just to name a few.

    Nothing delights me more than the thought of an elite Black woman athlete returning to the United States with more than the sense of satisfaction that accompanies a job well done. I hoped they would accomplish the goals they set for themselves as children. I wanted them to win.

    They did more than that. They dominated. Black women took home nearly a quarter of the medals won for the United States.


  2. rikyrah says:

    Trump “Left Nothing But Ruins Everywhere He’s Gone”

    Published on Aug 23, 2016

    Paul Friel’s dad was “living the American Dream.” His family cabinet-making business had grown, and Donald Trump hired it to make all the cabinetry in his new Trump Plaza in Atlantic City. But after the job was done, Trump refused to pay the full amount of what was owed. Friel’s father filed a lawsuit, but his lawyer advised him the legal fees would outweigh the cost of the cabinet work. Friel decided to cut his losses and drop the suit — but Trump blacklisted Friel’s company anyway. Friel eventually had to lay off many of his workers, who had become his family. “Donald Trump thinks he can make America great again, but he’s left nothing but ruins everywhere he’s gone,” Paul says.


  3. rikyrah says:

    There is reason for black women to fear traffic stops
    Abuse of power by police can affect any black driver who gets stopped

    August 23, 2016

    Not long after I arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, last August for a yearlong fellowship, a friend back in Memphis, Tennessee, asked me how I liked the city.

    I raved about the city’s walkability and the beauty of Boston’s subways. Compared with Memphis’ horribly inefficient bus systems, the T is a mass-transit marvel.

    Memphis, I told my friend, was still home, but Cambridge felt like freedom. I couldn’t articulate exactly what I meant until I moved back to Memphis earlier this month.

    My dad picked me up at the airport in my car, which I’d left behind. We loaded my luggage, and as if I were 16 again, I eagerly offered to drive. It’d been weeks since I sat behind the wheel, the master of my fate, the captain of my … well … car.

    But instead of feeling like I was free to move about the country (apologies to Southwest Airlines), I felt trapped.

    Suddenly driving a car wasn’t as much a mark of independence as it was an invitation to police scrutiny. And where I might have been able to fool myself into thinking my gender was a shield from unwarranted police attention and even abuse, recent events rudely remind me it is not.


    But street stops represent only 1 percent of police contact. Most involuntary police contact comes through traffic stops. In 2011, the most recent year for which federal data was available, more than 21 million drivers were stopped by police.

    More black drivers than white or Hispanic drivers were pulled over, but white drivers were less likely to be searched or get a ticket. Perhaps not surprisingly, white drivers are also more likely to report that the officer behaved properly.

    While most of the highly publicized traffic stops that end badly involve black men, black women are hardly immune. For proof, watch the video that emerged from a July 2015 traffic stop in Austin, Texas. The white police officer is caught on the dash cam slamming Breaion King, a black school teacher half his size, onto the ground in a fast-food restaurant parking lot. He’d stopped the 26-year-old for speeding.

    It’s unlikely that a police encounter would end violently or fatally, but as a mounting pile of videos reveals, it happens with disturbing regularity. So far this year, more than 675 people have been killed by police. Nearly 25 percent of those people were black, although African-Americans make up about 13 percent of the nation’s population.

    By taking the train in Cambridge, I eliminated hundreds of chances to come in contact with police. Shelving my car keys meant setting aside the anxiety that tightens my throat every time I see a police car on the road or worse, in my rearview mirror.

    Mass transit is clearly an economic justice issue, but as long as police disproportionately stop black and brown drivers, it’s a criminal justice issue, too.

  4. rikyrah says:

    South Carolina:

    Hillary and Trump are TIED.

    Latest poll

  5. Liza says:

    This discussion has gone too far. Comparisons to Trayvon Martin and Freddie Gray?

    The Complexity Of Consent: Why We’re Allowed To Be Critical Of Nate Parker’s Acquittal
    By April Reign
    Aug, 22, 2016

    Parker was acquitted, in part because he and the victim had previously had consensual sex, which should not matter. Celestin’s conviction was overturned and the case was not retried. But this does not mean that Parker and Celestin are innocent or that things did not happen as the victim said they did. Because the justice system can’t be trusted to always mete out justice.

    The trial of the killer of Trayvon Martin showed us that. The trials after the death of Freddie Gray showed us that. You cannot put your faith in the justice system and claim that Nate Parker must be innocent because he was acquitted, and then turn around and say the justice system is corrupt and can’t be trusted because Trayvon Martin’s killer is walking around free.

    It’s the same system.

    Two men were in the room, presumably performing sex acts on a woman. One was convicted and the other wasn’t, for the same charge.

    How? Because one had had sex with her before. Therefore, had Parker not had sex with the victim before, it is entirely possible that he also would have been convicted. Same night, same charge, same victim. What distinction is being made when you feel that Parker is being railroaded but you’re not simultaneously saying that Celestin never should have been convicted in the first place?

    Although some apologists would have you believe that this is all a massive attempt to bring down another Black man, there is no conspiracy here. If there was, it would have started long before Nate signed that contract at Sundance. Nate Parker was not about to buy NBC. In fact, it appears that Fox Searchlight, which bought the film, is reeling because they’re not sure what they’ve gotten themselves into, but the ink has already dried on the contract. They are committed to releasing The Birth of a Nation on at least 1500 screens nationwide. Further, the double standard argument that white entertainers have gotten away with illegal or immoral behavior is a red herring. The fact that they are still able to work in their craft only speaks to what we have decided as a society that we will tolerate; it doesn’t make their behavior any less abhorrent and, in some cases, illegal.

    Many are saying that they are going to boycott The Birth of a Nation, because Nate Parker and Jean Celestin are not worthy of our support. They have not earned our respect or our money. I understand this sentiment, although it poses an interesting conundrum.

    Can one separate the art from the artist?

    There are a plethora of names you can list about those who engaged in illegal, or at least immoral, behavior whose work is still supported. All of your faves are problematic. When do you listen to that jam by the pedophile and when do you decide to delete his music from your devices? How does one decide when to turn the other cheek and when to take a firm stand?


    • Liza says:

      “It’s the same system.” Generally speaking, yes. But there is no 17 year old kid lying on a slab in a morgue with a bullet in his heart. And there is no 911 tape with a death scream that goes on relentlessly for over 40 seconds. And there is not a 25 year old man lying in a hospital bed waiting to die with a broken neck and severed spinal cord and a crushed larynx and hooked up to a ventilator. And there is no video of cops dragging a limp body toward a police van.

      I am not an apologist, but I am acutely aware of not being in the room when this incident involving Nate Parker happened. Even if the criminal justice system needs to be overhauled, and it does, the part we probably want to keep is reasonable doubt. These rape and sexual assault cases are extremely difficult when people know each other, they have consensual sex at some point (perhaps the same day), they might be intoxicated, and/or they may not remember what happened for whatever reason. Then comes the accusation of rape or sexual assault. Then come the conflicting stories. Then there are issues of credibility of the alleged victim and the defendants(s) and all the related statistics and all the things that people believe to be true about rapists in general. The most unbiased jury on earth would have trouble with all of this, yet when these cases are brought to trial they have to hang or come up with a verdict. And, yes, sometimes it does come down to just one thing that stands out and they are unwilling to convict.

      Nate Parker is getting so much attention, I believe, because he is on the verge of being hugely successful. There may be people out there who believe this success is undeserved, that he should be locked up in a cage and unemployable when released. He should have to live his entire life in dire poverty, a wasted artist, no home, no family, and maybe he could get a job mopping floors. This would be justice for some of those who are speaking out, I fully believe that.

      We could talk about this forever and all we would have is our opinions, our guesses, and the insistence of many that they know what happened because they know how these things go, the guilt is so obvious it may as well be a video. Fine, boycott the film. Keep talking until the next time this happens. That is their prerogative, all of it.

      But do not, do not dare try to compare these cases to those of black children and adults murdered by police and white supremacists or those who died while in police custody. Not everything is the same. And all of these writers who are stretching in an attempt to say something profound about this probably need to step back and consider that they may have missed seeing some of the trees because they wanted to write about the forest and say something profound that people will notice for a moment.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Colonel Sanders’ Nephew Casually Reveals KFC’s Secret Recipe

    What are those ingredients, exactly? According to the handwritten note, from a living relative of the man who created the recipe, they’re:

    1. 2/3 teaspoon of salt
    2. 1/2 teaspoon of thyme
    3. 1.2 teaspoon of basil
    4. 1/2 teaspoon of oregano
    5. 1 teaspoon of celery salt
    6. 1 teaspoon of black pepper
    7. 1 teaspoon of dried mustard
    8. 4 teaspoons of paprika
    9. 2 teaspoons of garlic salt
    10. 1 teaspoon of ground ginger
    11. 3 teaspoons of white pepper
    Mixed with 2 cups of flour

  7. rikyrah says:

    Donald Trump: The wall is ‘going to happen, 100 percent’
    08/23/16 06:17 PM EDT

    Donald Trump dismissed talk of shifting his stance on immigration on Tuesday, saying the wall he has proposed along the U.S.-Mexico border is “100 percent” going to be built.

    “It’s going to happen, 100 percent,” Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity during a taping of his show on Tuesday, according to reporters who saw video of the town hall.


  8. Liza says:

    This kid is 10 years old.

    This is Legend Preston. He's 10. In the 5th grade. Looking for a 20 y/o man with DREADS police did this to him.https://t.co/NG9kKWy3xW— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) August 23, 2016


    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      What? No buffalo to remove also? Oh, this is 2016, but the tactic is reminiscent of the late 1800s.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Ex-Aide Suggests Black Communities Not ‘Safe Environment’ For Trump Rallies

    Published AUGUST 23, 2016, 11:35 AM EDT
    Donald Trump’s ex-campaign manager on Monday defended his former boss’ choice to deliver speeches supposedly aimed at black voters while in largely white communities, explaining that the last time Trump tried to give a speech in a black neighborhood it was “overrun” and “not a safe environment.”

    “You know what ‘ amazing to me is that no one remembers that Donald Trump went to go have a rally in Chicago at the university,” Corey Lewandowski said on CNN. “And do you remember what happened? It was so chaotic and it was so out of control that Secret Service and the Chicago Police Department told him, you could not get in and out of that facility safely, and that rally was canceled.”

    In March, the Trump campaign canceled a rally planned at the University of Illinois in Chicago because of protests outside of the venue.

    “And you showed the footage many times of the individuals who attended that rally. Donald Trump had that rally booked,” Lewandowski added.

    The other panelists pressed Lewandowksi on what that event had to do with the current scrutiny of Trump’s comments to black voters.

    “That is a black community. He went to the heart of Chicago to go and give a speech to the University of Chicago in a campus, which is predominantly African-American, to make that argument,” Lewandowski said, mistaking the name of the university where the speech was supposed to take place. “And you know what happened? The campus was overrun and it was not a safe environment.”


    First of all, it was the University of Illinois at Chicago, and that neighborhood has been gentrified, and his ass was run off because folks weren’t taking his nonsense.

  10. How about reporting THIS @CNN @msnbc? That’s the news!


  11. Ametia says:
  12. Ignoramus moron! What will he think next? Idiot #GoSitDown


  13. Liza says:

    Yeah, who came up with “alt-right”? Must be an attempt to distinguish your garden variety white supremacist from the kind of person who would join the Klan.

    A lot of these discussions are lost on me. I grew up in the late 50’s and 60s’ in the south, and no one has to explain to me the difference between a white person who shows up at a bus station in Montgomery with a lead pipe and a white person who just simply doesn’t give a damn. When you grow up with this, the distinction is not as sharp as one might imagine.

    I refuse to acknowledge their alternative labels.

    Notice how the Alt-Right hates political correctness yet use a PC term like Alt-Right instead of just calling themselves White Supremacists?— D (@Delo_Taylor) August 23, 2016


  14. Tyren M. says:

    Good morning 3Chics,

    Thanks for sharing this Ametia. I’ll have to check for it locally.

  15. rikyrah says:

    A Shift in Battlegrounds
    by Nancy LeTourneau
    August 19, 2016 9:00 AM

    In recent presidential elections, we’ve gotten used to the fact that it all comes down to states like Ohio and Florida. We tend to not pay much attention to what is going on in deeply red or blue states because everyone knows the outcomes. The closer the election gets – the more we focus on the battleground states. But this year there has been a pretty big shift in which states are included on that list. So let’s take a look. I’ll be using the polling averages from Real Clear Politics – which tend to be the most conservative.

    First of all, there is a group of states that have sometimes been included, but really don’t belong there anymore. Clinton has big leads in:

    Michigan (+7)
    Pennsylvania (+9)
    Virginia (+11)
    Colorado (+10)

    Next come the traditional battlegrounds where Clinton has a small lead:

    Ohio (+2)
    Florida (+4)
    North Carolina (+2)
    Nevada (+2)

    But the real battlegrounds – where it is not clear who is leading – are new to the list. And both of them used to be considered red states.

    Georgia (Clinton + 0.3)
    Arizona (Trump + 0.3)

    Here is where it gets interesting. If you include the non-battleground blue states that Democrats have historically won with wins in that first four (where Clinton has big leads), she’s already at 272 electoral votes. Did you see what we did there? Clinton could lose Ohio, Florida, North Carolina and Nevada and still win. That is how overwhelming the Democratic majority is in the electoral college right now. The much-ballyhooed battlegrounds are gravy and – at least in the era of Trump – Democrats are starting to play on Republican turf (Georgia and Arizona). Beyond that, states like Texas and South Carolina are trending towards being battlegrounds.

    • Liza says:

      Yeah, I check Nate Silver’s election forecast every day. Trump’s numbers began to nosedive shortly after the Democratic convention. Trump has been in meltdown mode ever since, unable to make the transition from a leader of Klan rallies to a presidential nominee. The scrutiny of the broader national audience has been his demise and there is not a whole lot he can do about it. “Re-thinking” immigration and trying to appeal to black voters is just one joke after another.

      Right now it looks like a landslide election for the Democrats and that will hopefully help them with down ballot races and issues.

      • Ametia says:

        So true, Liza. Yet the Hillster can’t seem to help herself with unforced errors, lies, distortions, and blaming Colin Powell for her private email server fiasco.


      • Liza says:

        Hillary was a bad candidate starting out of the gate and she’s still a bad candidate. She’s just being Hillary. And we have four years of this Clinton drama ahead of us.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning 😊, Everyone 😆

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