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As part of the White House’s first-ever “Black Maternal Health Week,” Vice President Kamala Harris hosted a roundtable discussion Tuesday to blame the preponderance of black women dying while giving birth on “systemic racial inequities and implicit bias.”
It came a day after President Joe Biden issued a proclamation announcing “Black Maternal Health Week” to draw attention to the fact that black mothers die “from complications related to pregnancy” at higher rates than women of every other race.
In his proclamation, the president blamed this discrepancy on “systemic discrimination” and called for all Americans to ponder this phenomenon by “understanding the consequences of systemic discrimination.”
Harris echoed this rhetoric at the roundtable discussion a day later.
“Black women in our country are facing a maternal health crisis. … We know the primary reasons why. Systemic racial inequities and implicit bias,” she said.
Vice Pres. Harris on Black maternal mortality rates: “Black women in our country are facing a maternal health crisis…we know the primary reasons why—systemic racial inequities and implicit bias—and the consequences are both very real.” https://t.co/oFNNOgR0EZ pic.twitter.com/2UmICiQoHS
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) April 13, 2021
She added that a bill she’d drafted as a senator, the Maternal CARE Act, has been included in the president’s latest budget to help address this crisis.
First introduced in 2019, the bill would spend “$30 million for implicit bias training for healthcare providers,” Harris said at Tuesday’s roundtable discussion.
It’s abysmal that the rate of maternal mortality in the United States is now worse than it was 25 years ago. The Maternal CARE Act would address the implicit biases that exist in our system.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) February 4, 2019
Note that not once during the roundtable discussion Tuesday was any concrete evidence offered to substantiate her and the president’s theory that black women are dying disproportionately during/after childbirth because of racism.
In fact, she readily admitted that more “data” is needed to “figure out what happened.”
“We need to review these cases, when a woman dies in childbirth or shortly thereafter. We need to collect the data. We need to answer the questions by doing the work to figure out what happened, so that we can avoid these tragedies from happening as we go forward,” she said.
But because she and the president already decreed that this is happening because of racism, it seems as if what she really “needs” is data proving their thesis true.
Conversely, it seems extremely likely that she and the president have no interest in considering any data that might debunk this narrative, including data pertaining to black women’s personal decision-making.
Some Twitter users were quick to provide potential examples:
Fixed it for pic.twitter.com/lMlqQvpe9o
— Mark Leach (@MarkInKeyWest1) April 13, 2021
70% of black children are born into single parent households. Maybe this has something to do with it?
— unpopular tenet (@unpopulartenet) April 13, 2021
More dishonest race baiting from @VP. Of course this is alarming, but she’s conveniently leaving out the fact black women have far higher rates of obesity & diabetes, which naturally complicate child birth. Just another way to inject irrelevant systemic racism. #systemicracismbs
— Abolish Tyranny (@Abolish_Tyranny) April 14, 2021
Just once, I would like to hear ANYONE in this administration give ANY evidence for claims of systematic racial bias.
Along with other behaviors, Black women are more often overweight, suffer from diabetes; thus troubled pregnancies, heart issues, preeclampsia, etc. etc.
— JackBrown (@JackBro81419200) April 14, 2021
She’s such a cretinous liar. Her *opinion* is not fact. Fact is that black women have higher rates of morbid obesity, hypertension, diabetes, et al. So food must be racist? Fact: black babies are more likely to die of abortion.
— nora simon (@runningnoodles) April 13, 2021
They just throw darts at a list of words and phrases based in critical theory and then put them into a sentence. Then, their useful lemmings in the MSM parrot everything as if its all true. And the mouth breathers and low info voters clap like the trained circus seals they are.
— Major_Major_Major_Major ⚔️ (@MajorMontag) April 13, 2021
Notice what the latter Twitter user wrote about critical race theory. This destructive, arguably Maoist ideology is the root of implicit bias training.
Implicit bias training teaches that all white people are racist oppressors and all black people are victims — and thus every negative ramification that black people face in their lives (incarceration, death during childbirth, etc.) is due to white people’s racism.
It’s an extremely dangerous ideology that comes with Maoist-like struggle sessions, yet it’s been endorsed fully by the Democrat Party and its media allies.
The irony is that critical race theory itself engenders oppression. For instance, last year then-Sen. Harris argued that, because of the existence of health disparities like the child birth phenomenon, coronavirus pandemic resources should be distributed based on race.
This wound up actually happening in several local communities and almost happening on the national level as well.
“Starting Thursday, Vermont explicitly gave Black adults and people from other minority communities priority status for vaccinations. It follows Montana, which in January announced that Native Americans and other people of color, because they are at higher risk of complications from covid-19, would be allowed to receive the vaccine,” the Kaiser Family Foundation reported on April 5th.
That’s called discrimination. But so long as the discrimination benefits minorities — particularly blacks — it’s perfectly acceptable to those like Harris and Biden who believe without evidence that all disparities stem from racism.