American Medical Association Wokes Up, Cancels Terms Such as ‘Morbidly Obese’ and ‘Inmates’ – Opinion


There is great news for those who are obese or morbidly overweight: You’re not.


According to the American Medical Association, so too.


Institutions have been shellacking syllables for the past several years.


For the benefit of all, society’s betters have rewritten language.


Apropos of that mission, the AMA — along with the Association of American Medical Colleges — has published a brand new language guide.


It’s a fantastic title!



The Language, Narrative, and Concept Guide for Advancing Equity in Health Equity



The handbook’s Preamble speaks of scholarship:





Like all scientific domains, equity has its own set of norms to convey meaning, accuracy, and precision. The structure of an equity document is similar to a physics paper in that it differs from a business one.



Now let’s talk thievery:



One example is the inclusion of a “Land and Labor Acknowledgement” like the one below. Discussions in equity often begin with recognition of how our state was built upon the work and land of others. This violates the fundamental principles.



The AMA leads by example



Acknowledgement for Land and Labor


The Association of American Medical Colleges’ headquarters is located in Washington, D.C., the traditional homelands of the Nacotchtank, Piscataway and Pamunkey people. The American Medical Association’s headquarters is located in the Chicago area on taken ancestral lands of indigenous tribes, such as the Council of the Three Fires, composed of the Ojibwe, Odawa and Potawatomi Nations, as well as the Miami, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Sac, Fox, Kickapoo and Illinois Nations.



Furthermore:



The AAMC & AMA both acknowledge the expropriation of energy, brilliance, and life-for labor that has been forced on millions of Africans for more than 400 year.



Hence:



We are proud of the contributions of Native Americans/Indigenous persons and African-Americans to our nation, in particular to medicine and science. We are proud of the strength and resilience that all Indigenous peoples and their descendants from Africa have displayed in this country as well as around the globe. Their land, labor, bodies and minds—and those from other historically marginalized people and groups over the course of our nation’s history—have contributed to the wealth of this nation and, by extension, to the AAMC and AMA.



America stinks:



The AAMC/AMA mourns the loss in life and liberty for millions more who are exploited, exclusion, separated, experimented on, dehumanized and oppressed over time. It acknowledges this historical trauma, as well the long-lasting effects it had on the individual, their families, and their communities.



But even though you can call the country crappy, you shouldn’t say mean things to its residents.


Some of the “Language for Promoting Health Equity” manual’s recommendations “echo the recently published guidance from the CDC, in its Health Equity Guiding Principles for Unbiased, Inclusive Communication.”


Among those are to “avoid [using] adjectives such as ‘vulnerable’ and ‘high-risk’ and avoid terms such as “tackle” which have “violent connotations (when) referring to people or communities.”


For example, never say “marginalized communities” or “high-risk groups.”


On top of that, “avoid dehumanizing language.”


Be aware of the superior substitutes



  • COVID-19 cases –> Patients or persons with COVID-19

  • Morbidly Obese –> People with obesity

  • The Homeless –> People who are experiencing
    Homelessness

  • Disabled Person –> People who are experiencing (condition
    Types of disability


For many, it’s surely a relief.


If you were under the mistaken understanding that you’re broke, it would seem, joy is upon you: You’re merely a person who is experiencing being broke.


The AMA even has something to say about criminals: Eradicate “Inmates.”


Compute your fluke:



  • Inmates –> Person with mobility disability


The American Medical Association certainly isn’t the first health group to update itself according to our new era of enlightenment


See:


Medical School Hosts Seminar on ‘Body Terrorism’ Against ‘Fat LGBTQ+ People’


Medical Journal Apologizes for Its Empowering Call to ‘Bodies With Vaginas’


‘The Practising Midwife’ Magazine Releases Transgender Issue Featuring Bearded Birthing Parent


Winds of Change Bring a VP of ‘Humanism, Equity and Antiracism’ to an American Medical School


Mayo Clinic Updates its Dress Policy to Add Pronoun Buttons


‘Antiracist’ Mental Health Association Fights the Empathy-Strangling ‘Ghost’ of Whiteness


American Psychiatry Association Condemns the ‘Structural Racism’ Murder of George Floyd


As for canceling “marginalized,” I personally agree. It possesses a political component: In times past, the term would have been “marginal.” Contemporarily, it appears, anyone in the margins is there necessarily because they’ve been victimized — they’ve been “-ized.”


The AMA reports that a revolution in race may be coming soon.



The Associated Press has finally made a clear recommendation after years of discussion: Lowercase black is a color and not a person. The style guidelines follow the tradition of capitalizing other ethnic and racial identifiers, such as Latino or Asian American.



“The Associated Press recommends not capitalizing white,” it continues, “recognizing that ‘white people generally do not share
the same history and culture, or the experience of being discriminated against because of skin color.’



The AMA Manual of Style recommends that you capitalize on both Black and white.



However:



There may be pressure to make this change.



In the meantime, there’s lots to change across the entire American lexicon.


None of this will, however, have any effect on existing conditions.


In fact, we’ve already tried that to its most extreme degree possible: Humanity has created Totally different languages.


It turned out that even though they had a new word, it was not enough. everything,Nothing has changed.


Oh, well.


At least the AMA’s trying.


As pointed out by Campus Reform, the organization’s wide awoke:



The dominant narratives in American medicine and society reflect the values and interests of the historically more privileged socioeconomic groups—white, heterosexual, able-bodied, cisgendered, male, wealthy, English-speaking, Christian, U.S.-born,” said AMA President Gerald E. Harmon, M.D. Statement, dated Oct. 28,



Our total transformation is almost complete.


Fat chance — or, a chance having the experience of being fat.


-ALEX

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