Does Technology Improve Healthcare or Access?

Does Technology Improve Healthcare or Access?

This article  (1) stirs my mind. By itself, it is food for thought about the future of American healthcare and the future of those unable to access advanced technology because of insurance coverage.

In the US healthcare arena, Medicare is the gold standard. Being the largest payer, as well as the Government, Medicare dictates what is covered and what is not.

Commercial insurers either try to meet Medicare standards or exceed them, to compete in providing health coverage to employers.

Access to advanced technology that is changing healthcare, allowing it to be delivered anywhere, is not available to everyone with insurance.

The elderly who are on Medicare have the worst coverage, with most of this advanced technology that is beneficial to them not covered. No coverage means no access. Medicare sets the standard for coverage of healthcare services.

Others who do not benefit from advanced technology that is transforming medicine, moving it to the communities where outcomes are determined, are Black & Brown communities. Impoverished neighborhoods in urban areas.

Only recently did Medicare lift the limitation on telemedicine to include care in patient homes. Still Most Black & Brown communities do not receive such access to telemedicine, where transportation limitations can make doctor office visits a hardship.

The above is an example of structural racism. In addition, Black & Brown community hospitals are under-staffed and the staff poorly screened. As well as not offering many technologies available in rural hospitals, such as telemedicine in the home. Other limitations include Black & Brown communities still lacking smart phones, which could deliver such services.

[ What is the penetration rate of smart phones in Black communities?  Anyone know?]

Doctors are leaving impoverished, homeless, mentally ill and Black & Brown communities behind. Without access to immediate life saving measures these communities are dying off. Infant mortality rates for Black women, despite income, are similar to that of a developing nation. Infant mortality is a standard indicator of health.

We need doctors to advocate policies that benefit patients and not drug and medical device companies. Doctors also need to stop letting insurance companies dictate patient care.

Please do share your thoughts.

  1. New Rules For Our Health’s Digital Future

Second Part in Series on How Doctors Kill Patients

Part One:  FFT: Are White doctors misdiagnosing Black patients?

Florida: Black Male Boiled to Death by Prison Guards NO CHARGES!

Darren Rainey murdered by prison guards in Florida
Darren Rainey murdered by prison guards in Florida

Man cooked to death in scalding shower as punishment by prison guards

Darren Rainey, 50, died while incarcerated a the Dade Correctional Institution.  He was serving a 2-year sentence for a victimless crime; possession of cocaine.  At the time of his death, he had only one month to go before his release.

Prison guards forced him to stand in a tiny shower stall while being blasted by scalding hot water until his skin began to shrivel away from his body and he died.  Fellow inmates say he begged for his life before collapsing in the shower.

 The Florida’s Department of Corrections often comes up with cruel and imaginative punishments for prisoners — allegedly ranging from starvation diets to forcing prisoners to fight so the guards could place bets.


Full story:     Man cooked to death in scalding shower as punishment by prison guards


Former employees of Dade Correctional Institution in Homestead say mentally ill are being abused and mistreated. (Photo by Lonny Paul)
Former employees of Dade Correctional Institution in Homestead say mentally ill are being abused and mistreated. (Photo by Lonny Paul)

The Florida Department of Corrections   did not do an investigation because no autopsy was done at the time of Darren Rainey’s murder.  What about the witnesses?


Florida: Black Male Boiled to Death by  Prison Guards No Autopsy NO CHARGES

This man was mentally ill. He was not a criminal and did not deserve to die in this manner.

Simply outrageous in light of increasing publicity of police brutality and profit schemes around private prisons involving the judicial system, and still no justice.  Racial profiling schemes built around the war on drugs, broken windows, etc.  intentionally target  people of color, the homeless and the mentally ill.

Darren Rainey was the perfect target.  A Bullseye written all over him by a corrupt justice system that labelled and condemned him to this fate.  A fate that saw him tortured  and murdered by prison guards  without remorse or respect for a human being.

An oppressive air of slavery  reside at Dade Correctional where innates  are at the cruelty of the masters aka prison guards. The article makes clear this correctional facility is notorious for its torture yet Florida decided no investigation necessary.


What treatments did he receive for his mental illness?

Almost two years at Dade Correctional Institution in Florida, where it appeared Darren Rainey was  abused,  tortured and humiliated regularly by prison guards.    His crime a victimless  one where he allegedly  was in  possession of small amounts of cocaine.   Given the history of  police violence and lying,  one should question the veracity of the charges.

Simply put:  Police officers LIE!

In addition,  one  should  consider his mental diagnosis?  What treatment did he receive?

How  can scalding someone with boiling water rehabilitate?


What Deterrents Are In Place to Prevent Abuse by Prison Guards?

There is the constitution, and they are laws; however there is no one to enforce them as the enforcers are the perpetrators.

Is it time to consider corporal punishment for those who do harm when hired to do otherwise?

Prison guards should be given the death penalty. Instead,  they  faced no charges and their freedom never in jeopardy, unlike Darren Rainey, who murdered no one.

Murders without consequences with paid time off,  is a system of that rewards and perpetuates cruelty.   Those prison guards are now more feared than ever and more abusive.  But as long as their abuse is confined to the prison, society ignores.   However, that is never the case, and we will never know because we never set systems in place to check.

A murderer is a murderer even in uniform, and that person remains dangerous  despite our justification and ignorance.   The home environment and neighborhoods of prison guards who inflict cruel and unusual punishment disproportionately should be surveilled for other acts of cruel and unusual punishments.

Florida has come to symbolize:  Discrimination and  Structural Racism in America

The prison guards locked Darren Rainey in a tiny shower then turned on boiling water at full blast on this older man’s naked body while he begged for them to stop. He was found dead 1-2 hours later with scalding water still blasting.

Eventually, we become what we tolerate. How long will Americans tolerate these targeted injustices? Florida now has its own system of justice that erodes  access to justice by blacks. Clearly, blacks should get the hell out of Florida or stand their ground. There is no justice for black people in Florida ( and elsewhere). With armed white males standing their grounds, survival means sticking together, looking the enemy in the eyes and by all means fight THE ENEMY but never each other.



This case highlights the greed of cruelty in privatizing  and providing monetary incentives to incarcerate people.

A culture  of violence and cruelty is deeply contagious if not contained. An environment filled with people who take pleasure in violence and  beast like activities is not healthy nor safe.    When these violent people are police officers and prison guards, are innocent citizens safe?    Are we paying criminals to create crime for profit?

As a black mother with sons, what should I tell them?  Can they dream the impossible dream just like their white friends?

The Impossible Dream – Jackie Evancho

Darren Rainey
Darren Rainey


1.   Innocent pedestrian attacked by police, framed with charges, imprisoned for 15 months
2.   Miami Herald: Allegations Of Abuse Of Mentally-Ill In Florida Prison
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White Men Need Guns | Video #DunnTrial

Eyes filled with pain
Eyes filled with fear, pain and trauma from the hands of  a cold and exploitative culture.

Loud Music Murder Trial: The Jury Speaks Out

White Men Need Guns To Shoot Unarmed Black Boys

Michael Dunn was punished for not finishing the job. Had he killed all the black teenagers,  he would be a free man today. Any doubts? I have none.

White Men Need Guns to defend against harmless unarmed black kids. Laws  assume young black teenagers are thugs, weapons to be feared.  Sighting of a young black male is  reason to “stand one’s ground (only if you are white),” and  claim self-defense. Laws let murderous grown white men free after killing unarmed black children are degrading the moral fiber of humanity.  In addition, such biased and selectively enforced laws display the cowardice of white men.

What are they without their guns?


Btw, the moral turpitude of some white journalists is appalling as they asked  Angela Corey after the verdict,  should tax-payers’ money and time be wasted on a re-trial?  Why bother retry this one  case?  No fear there among these white female and male journalists, why? They are privileged to say and do as they wish or so is the belief and the culture.

A black boy’s life is not worth taxpayers’ dollars. This explains why there are so many unsolved black-on-black crimes; no one cares if a black person is murdered, especially by a white person.

What coded messages are being sent to the white community and the world?

The latest verdict from Florida was codified: The court punished Michael Dunn for not killing the other three black victims. Florida is an example of codified structural racism. I am not sure whom the prosecutor worked for—certainly not the victims.

Structural racism institutionalizes stereotypes. In Florida, a young black male is considered a thug and someone to be feared. A fear of young black males–often children–is justification for armed and grown white men to shoot unarmed black children. Who is bothered by this? What are you going to do?


Another thing is that black witnesses’ testimonies do not carry the same weight as those of white murderers whose criminal histories are usually littered with hate crimes–important evidence that is never admissible in court. Why?  Conversely, a dead child’s history can be used out of context to label with code words, thereby, feeding into the stereotypes of white emotional biases. It worked well with Trayvon Martin as it did with Jordan Davis. See the pattern?

Why blame dead victims? Why do we believe men who are murderers? In Florida, a pattern is emerging among white people at the sight of young, unarmed black males. This pattern shows the cowardice of some white males as they use their guns to purposely kill innocent, unarmed black children. Such acts  are called cowardice and murder everywhere else except the United States of America. The US, once a defender of human rights, is now an abuser.

This stand-your-ground law, implying a young, unarmed black male is a threat to grown white males, is a utopia for the Ku Klux Klan. Enforcement of such laws achieves similar purposes of selectively murdering or incarcerating black males in the United States. Any doubt – look at our prisons filled with blacks because that is where the white establishments are sending our children.

The hands of justice allow murderers to go free; meanwhile, overlooked are the degradation and dissemination of people of color #POC …with them ….YOU …

To be in harmony, you listen, then feel the connection with the collective universe.

No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck. – Frederick Douglass #quote

So what are these white men without their guns?

#JusticeforJordanDavis #DunnTrial

jordan davis56

Are white men afraid of black men ? They JEALOUS?
Are white men afraid of black men ? They JEALOUS?. Those words give grown white men the legal right to murder unarmed defenseless black kids; majority of black kids are not thugs.

Structural Racism: The Sewer Men Of Mumbai

The Sewer Men Of Mumbai

Video source:

India’s caste system is responsible for many of its problems.   The caste systems are ill defined; the end result is a society ruled by structural racism– plain and simple!

Further, there is no need   to work under such conditions, risking one’s health and those of family and friends.

The ‘manhole workers’ or ‘shit people’ are ostracized,  marginalized by their neighbors and communities.     These workers hide their occupation, the odor being hard to conceal.  They are working to support their families like everyone else and deserve better conditions.  Why is this tolerated?   It is the  institutionalized component of structural racism.

Food for thought based on the above video:

  1. Twenty-five  manhole workers die every month;
  2. Eighty percent of these manhole workers die before age 60;
  3. They are the lowest of the lowest in India’s caste system.

Manhole workers are Outsiders within their own communities; they are  shit people and are looked down upon.    An example of structural racism  packaged differently and concealed in  ill-defined caste systems.

This is as shitty as it gets...
This is as shitty as it gets…

RACE: A Higher Ed Taboo Subject | Black Teacher Accused of Whining!

Discrimination is the Enemy of Diversity by Angela Grant

Taboo Subject?

December 3, 2013 By Colleen Flaherty

Is talking about race at Minneapolis Community and Technical College grounds for punishment if white students are offended? That’s what some supporters of a professor recently under investigation for talking about race there are asking. One supporter went so far as to create a parody logo of the college with its initials and the text: “Making it a Crime to Talk about Color.”

Minneapolis media and activists have been following the story of Shannon Gibney, a full-time adjunct professor of English. She says a student complaint about a recent lecture on structural racism triggered a meeting with administrators about her conduct and that the meeting was followed by a written letter of reprimand. She also says she was directed to the college’s chief diversity officer for sensitivity training.

But the college denies her account, saying it never reprimanded her for talking about structural racism — what it calls an important topic for students and faculty.

Gibney described the incident in her Introduction to Mass Communications this way in a video interview with the student newspaper, the City College News: “[The white, male student asked] ‘Why do we have to talk about this in every class? Why do we have to talk about this?’ ” Describing his demeanor during the discussion on mass communication and politics as “defensive,” Gibney continued: “He was taking it personally. I tried to explain, of course, in a reasonable manner – as reasonable as I could given the fact that I was being interrupted and put on the spot in the middle of class – that this is unfortunately the context of 21st-century America.”

She said another white male student added: “Yeah, I don’t get this either. It’s like people are trying to say that white men are always the villains, the bad guys. Why do we have to say this?”

Gibney said she tried to explain that her topic was institutionalized racism, not individuals. When the students were still not satisfied, she invited them to file a racial harassment complaint, she said, and they took her up on it.

Over the weekend, Gibney engaged a national audience in her struggles with an article on Gawker, called “Teaching While Black and Blue.” It reveals this semester’s complaint is the third time she’s been investigated by the college for talking about race – each time, she says, for critical pedagogical reasons.

The essay, part of a longer forthcoming piece, begins with her waiting for a letter notifying her of the results of a college investigation into her conduct during a personnel search for a faculty member specializing in critical race theory. A fellow faculty member had reported her for being discriminatory in her criteria for a candidate in 2011.

“I am waiting for a letter to arrive in the mail. It will be short, no more than one page, and will be covered in black ink, with the occasional flourish of institutional logo,” she wrote. “The signature at the bottom will belong to a high-ranking officer at my Midwestern college of 12,000 students, and the words that preface it will briefly explain the method and, more importantly, the verdict, of an almost three-week long investigation, in which students, faculty, and staff were questioned by the school’s legal staff as to if, in fact, I had committed acts constituting an official case of racial harassment.”

The feeling is all too familiar, as she recounts a similar investigation several years earlier into comments she made during a student newspaper meeting. Having attended in an advisory role, she suggested during a discussion on declining readership that it could be linked to the fact that the newspaper staff was virtually all white. That’s in contrast to the student body over all, which is more than 50 percent minority. Additionally, the campus was still healing from an incident the previous year in which a white newspaper staffer tied a noose in the newsroom to remind reporters of deadlines, and declined to immediately remove it, even after two black students asked him to do so.

After a series of back-and-forth emails with a student who said her comments during the meeting amounted to racism, the student reported her for harassment.

“What happened to me in 2008 did not happen because I am a young, black female faculty member at school that has over 50 percent students of color; what happened to me occurred because I turned the world backwards on an angry white male student,” Gibney’s essay reads. “We were in a regular weekly meeting of the newspaper staff, and the students were discussing the fact of the new edition, how well it had turned out, and the editor-in-chief said that although he was proud of the paper’s developments, he was not pleased with the fact that so few students regularly picked up the publication. Theories were thrown around as to why this was — the aesthetics were all wrong, the design didn’t pop, the stories could be flashier. Out of the corner of my eye, I thought I saw a noose hanging from the ceiling. When I looked again, it was gone.”

Describing the three-week investigation process involving a series of questions by administrators, as “terrifying,” Gibney wrote: “Perhaps I shouldn’t have spoken. The words crowded in my mind on more than one occasion, when, during the three-week interview process, I awoke at 5 am, my thoughts running around the room in circles. But then I heard the voice of the young Somali student in my class, who I told would have to attend the remainder of the newspaper staff meetings without me, because I was to have no contact with the student who filed the complaint while it was under investigation (the class was shocked and appalled…and also expressed their profound feelings of impotence at not really being able to affect what was happening to me, and to them). The young woman, in her early to mid-20s, approached me at the start of class, and mentioned that she didn’t think that she should stay in it, because she said that her English was not that good. I replied that the purpose of a writing class was to work on your writing, and that she was therefore in the right place. But that afternoon, when I told the class that I would no longer be attending newspaper staff meetings with them, because of what they had all heard me say the week before, the young woman protested.”

She continued: “But what you said was true! she told me. When I walked into that first meeting and saw that it was all white people, no one who looked like me, I wanted to walk away. What was left unsaid was, But I didn’t. I wondered, I still wonder, what had made her stay. The next week, when I saw her in the hallway before she left for the staff meeting, she revealed that she did not want to go. I could see the fear in her eyes, visceral, and too familiar.”

In each case, Gibney ultimately was told that her conduct did not rise to the level of violating the college’s antidiscrimination policy. But she was warned about tone and “cooperation.”

Via email, she said she believed she was being targeted for such investigations, although perhaps not consciously. “In allowing and even encouraging white males to wield their historical institutional privilege as maintained by the structures of the institution, the college has created a campus climate wherein white males feel emboldened and empowered to verbally and legally attack professional Black women.”

Perhaps ironically, the City College News, where some students had complained about her several years ago, has been a source of support of Gibney in her most recent investigation.

In a recent op-ed, Colleen Harris, one of Gibney’s students, said it was an “outrage, albeit not a surprise, that MCTC would embrace such a backwards philosophy that places the comfort of two white male students as a healthy center for a discussion on structural racism. There is no shortage of irony in the matter of a brilliant woman of color professor being disciplined for leading a discussion on structural racism when it discomforts white male students, and furthermore being sent to a training that the college had the audacity to frame as giving Professor Gibney a lesson in intercultural competency.”

The current newspaper editor, Gabe Hewitt, declined to comment on Gibney’s case but said he did not know anyone on the staff who was there in 2009, when the first complaint against the professor was lodged.

Others in Minneapolis have voiced support for Gibney.

Ricardo Levins Morales, a local social justice artist who guest-lectured in Gibney’s class before the story broke, created the parody logo. Via email, he said his version of the logo “exposed a layer of institutional politics that the public face of the college obscures. A succinct visual image can travel quickly in the era of social media and help make clear to the school that their own behavior is under public scrutiny.… It seems to me that education should not be about protecting students from feeling uncomfortable in the face of complex social issues.”

Ryan Williams-Virden, an artist who has lectured on social justice issues at the college, wrote an open letter on his blog to the students who allegedly reported Gibney to the college in the most recent incident.

“I know how you felt in that classroom. I grew up in Northeast Minneapolis, in a working-class family; I remember vividly my hostility at the notion I had any privilege, and at the racism conversation in general,” he wrote, naming a variety of reasons he had changed the way he thought about structural racism.

Williams-Virden continued: “But mostly gentlemen we must talk about structural racism because of you. Because in 2013 three white men feel it is O.K. if they interrupt a college professor while she is conducting class. Your mothers taught you better, and if they didn’t they should have. It is hard to imagine you doing this if I, a white male, were teaching the class. You, gentlemen, are the epitome of why we need to be talking about race and racism at every opportunity. I know you feel the walls of your world closing in on you but trust me when I say those are only the walls of the box you live in coming down and the world is so much more beautiful outside that box. I want you to see that world gentlemen.”

In an email, Williams-Virden said he didn’t believe that race relations were worse at Minneapolis than at many other colleges wrestling with the same issues.

But the college denies unspecified details of Gibney’s account. The president of the faculty union could not immediately be reached for comment.

In a formal statement, the institution says it has never disciplined a faculty member for teaching or discussing structural racism.

“Conversations about race, class and power are important and regular parts of many classes at MCTC and have been for years,” the statement says. “At MCTC, we believe it is essential for our faculty to actively engage students in respectful discussions in the classroom regardless of topic and to create an atmosphere in which students may ask questions as an important part of the classroom experience. Questions from students in classroom discussions are an essential part of the learning process. We expect that faculty will have the professional skills to lead difficult conversations in their classrooms and will teach in a way that helps students understand issues, even when students feel uncomfortable or disagree with particular ideas. We also expect that students act appropriately in the classroom; a student who does not do so may be subject to removal by the faculty member.”

The college said it could not comment on specific personnel matters, even when “information provided by a student or employee about a complaint or disciplinary matter is not accurate or complete.”

In an interview, President Phillip Davis said he could not comment on Gibney’s case but disagreed with her characterization of the college as a place that is failing students of color and intolerant of race-based discussions. Several new initiatives have doubled the percentage of the non-white faculty in recent years, to about 22 percent, he said. And the college is investing in ways to eliminate barriers to success for minority students, including training some faculty in the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s Statway method of mathematics instruction and offering accelerated English courses. In 2010, the college also launched a new advising program for African American students, among other programs designed to “move the dial” on minority student retention and graduation rates, he said. That and other efforts have led to increased minority student enrollment.

“Students are voting with their feet and staying because they find it an exceptional place to learn,” Davis said. “I don’t think [many students and faculty] would recognize the characterizations I’ve seen in some of the news reports of what it’s like to be MCTC. That’s the not the college I know.”

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Clearly Higher Ed is BROKEN and in dire need of REFORM!!!  Our Failure to Listen will doom the future of our children.