Saturday, July 9, 2016
Deep in the Heart of Texas
The stars are big and bright
Deep in the heart of Texas
The prairie sky is wide and high
Deep in the heart of Texas
Lyrics, Deep in the Heart of Texas
The stars are no longer big and bright
The prairie sky is dark and full of fright
The killing of 5 white Dallas Policemen has cast a deep cloud over Dallas. The largest city in Texas. For 53 years, its citizens sought to overcome Dallas’ reputation as a “city of hate” following the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963.
And until 2 days ago, Dallas had succeeded, Under the leadership of its black police chief, David Brown, it had become a model city for closing the gap between the police and its black residents. Brown assigned over a hundred policemen to protect its citizens during the Black Lives Matter protest. But a single hate-filled gunman with a high powered rifle, once again soiled its reputation.
The murder of 5 policemen and wounding of 7 more reminds us once again that racial bias is a tough cultural nut to crack. Racial bias has been around for over 200 years, rearing its ugly head in the Civil War, reconstruction with racial segregation, the riots in Watts, and the assassination of Martin Luther King.
Racism is not a black and white and Christians and Muslins and legal immigrants and illegal Immigrants Democrats and Republovsmd matter. It is not strictly a Presidential leadership matter either. When Barack Obama, the first black President was elected, there was hope that his heritage would health the racial divide. Such as not been the case, it is wider than ever. This is partly because Obama cannot help himself. His actions, which may be unconscious, tend to make him side with black community, to attribute killing of black young men to policy brutality, to launch investigations and impose rules and paperwork on the police that hamper their proactive efforts to reduce crime, to blame guns rather than deranged individuals for senseless murders, and to ignore or never mention such brutal realities as 3600 murders, mostly black and black, in Chicago, his hometown, during his nearly 8 years in office,
The problem is not a black and white matter. It is the shades of gray. As a doctor, I am reminded of these shades of gray in the health reform movement. In 2006, David Satcher, a former Surgeon General wrote a book Multicultural Medicine and Health Differences (McGraw Hill). He and his co-author pointed out that the national health system accounted for only 15% of health results. Other more important factors were lifestyle 20% to 30%, and 55%, other things such as poverty, lack of cohesive families , absent fathers. income differences, lack of housing, hunger, interpersonal violence, and cultural attitudes towards what makes for a just and achieving society.
American is a messy, noisy, multicultural, pluralistic divided society, and political leadership cannot erase all the shades of gray. But the political altitudes of our leaders and their attitudes towards the primary causes of the political divide and the actions they take to lessen the divide. count. Behind every gun there is an individual, and he is looking for fair-minded, responsible, and practical solutions, which are never easy to come by.