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University Of Pittsburgh Cardiologist Is Stripped From Fellowship Program After Criticizing Affirmative Action

A cardiologist who was on the staff of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center was removed from a fellowship program after he published a paper criticizing affirmative action efforts, the University Times reported.
Norman Wang’s paper, originally published in the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA) on March 24 and later redacted by JAHA in August after it elicited blowback, stated that there “exists no empirical evidence by accepted standards for causal inference to support the mantra that ‘diversity saves lives,’” adding, “Long-term academic solutions and excellence should not be sacrificed for short-term demographic optics.”
On August 6, Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine Anantha Shekhar tweeted:
A peer-reviewed journal recently published an article, authored by a member of the University community, that expressed views against equity and inclusivity. These views do not reflect the values of the University of Pittsburgh and its School of Medicine or our proud pursuit of disseminating knowledge for the public good. … As an institution and a community, we do not condone racism or discrimination of any kind, and we remain absolutely committed to realizing a more inclusive and equitable environment for all.
In the paper, Wang stated:
The current model for racial and ethnic diversity is practically untenable, if not simply for the inevitability of what has been called the “demographic tsunami.” The United States is no longer composed of virtually all whites and blacks. Because of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, which abolished the National Origins Formula, nonwhite racial and ethnic groups are projected to become more than half of the population by 2050 …
Fracturing of the model has already begun. In 2018, Reginald Baugh, MD, argued that recent African immigrants and Afro Caribbeans should be excluded from the African American group, stating, “Just because a medical school applicant immigrated to the United States does not make her or him an underrepresented minority in medicine or an African American. The failure to recognize these differences lead to unwarranted conclusions about the future number and availability of African American physicians …”
Racial and ethnic preferences at both the undergraduate and professional school levels for blacks and Hispanics result in relatively weak academic starting positions in classes. This has been postulated to lead to poor performance through compounding “academic mismatch,” stress-related interference, and disengagement. Many do not complete their intended programs or do not attain academic success to be attractive candidates for subsequent educational programs or employment.
Over the past 5 decades, the American medical academy has striven to achieve racial and ethnic population parity. Recent affirmative action efforts through diversity, inclusion, and equity programs recognize neither changes in legal limitations, nor data indicating harm to underrepresented minorities. Long-term academic solutions and excellence should not be sacrificed for short-term demographic optics.
Prominent individuals from historically discriminated groups have voiced opposition to affirmative action. Arthur Ashe, the tennis champion, stated, “If American society had the strength to do what should have been done to ensure that justice prevails for all, then affirmative action would be exposed for what it is: an insult to the people it is intended to help. What I and others want is an equal chance, under one set of rules, as on a tennis court. To be sure, while rules are different for different people, devices like affirmative action are needed to prevent explosions of anger. Practically, affirmative action is probably necessary. But I would not want to know that I received a job simply because I am black. Affirmative action tends to undermine the spirit of individual initiative. Such is human nature; why struggle to succeed when you can have something for nothing?”
Wang concluded, “Racial and ethnic preferences for undergraduate and medical school admissions should be gradually rolled back with a target end year of 2028, as suggested by the Supreme Court decision in Grutter. … As Fitzgerald envisioned, ‘We will have succeeded when we no longer think we require black doctors for black patients, chicano doctors for chicano patients, or gay doctors for gay patients, but rather good doctors for all patients.’ Evolution to strategies that are neutral to race and ethnicity is essential. Ultimately, all who aspire to a profession in medicine and cardiology must be assessed as individuals on the basis of their personal merits, not their racial and ethnic identities.” 

7 comments:

  1. Norman Wang seems to be a very intelligent person !!!!

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    1. From South Africa.we are experiencing the same problem here on a massive scale. Almost the entire black ANC govt is clueless as to how to govern a modern sophisticated economy.Almost all government parastatals are bankrupt thru enourmous mismanagement and outright theft. Almost 90 percent of municis are bankrupt. PDs are riven with rogue cops, Companies have to employ this lot just because of their skin color at the exclusion of a better Asian or white candidate. In fact I would say throughout the entire SA economy, Blacks are in PAID UNEMPLOYMENT, don't have to do anything,just pitch up to clock card and collect a salary.
      We are doomed here.

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  2. Why should someone who just immigrated to the USA go ahead of a US citizen born here of any skin color? Why should someone go to the head of the line because of skin color? Isn't that the very definition of racism? How do you remedy past discrimination with more discrimination? The answer is merit based promotions. Equal opportunity doesn't mean equal outcome, people have different abilities and no one should be disenfranchised because of someone else's past actions.

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    1. Also the father of the DNA John Watson I think, was also pilloried and banished for outing the truth about Black s

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  3. Affirmative Action is the enemy of a meritocracy. This all adds up to bad things when the capitalistic system”s success is predicated on the best person for the job. Instead, affirmative action in education has lead to less than 1% of early elementary teachers are white, heterosexual, men. Education has turned into a Karen club and look what happened.

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  4. I don't want a doctor who became one due to their skin color and not their knowledge of medicine..

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  5. Affirmative Action is racist and an insult to blacks. I hope this guy can sue.

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