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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Minnesota Majority Scrubs the "Racial Purity" Statement

The statement has been edited to read:

FACT: The U.S. health care system serves the most diverse population of any country in the world. This fact affects statistic by which we are compared to other countries. Black women, for a variety of reasons, are more prone to underweight babies than are Caucasian and Asian women. This fact contributes to Sweden having a lower infant mortality rate and Japan having a longer life expectancy.


Here's what it used to say:

FACT: The U.S. health care system serves the most diverse racial and ethnic population of any country in the world. This fact adversely affects every statistic by which we are compared to other countries. Black women, for a variety of reasons, are more prone to underweight babies than are Caucasian and Asian women. It is not surprising that Sweden has a lower infant mortality rate, or that Japan has a longer life expectancy than the United States does. They are nearly racially pure: we are not.


Former Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer is on record defending the racial purity remark:

Kiffmeyer said the page dealing with health care and its mention of racial purity must be understood in context. That phrase, she said, is simply descriptive.

"That's a genetic term," said Kiffmeyer, who is a nurse by training. "It does matter when you are doing medical studies." (St Paul Pioneer Press)


The Minnesota Majority needs to do more than scrub the statement about racial purity. They need to publicly apologize for the statement. It's not going to help House Republicans, if their Health Care proposal gets associated with Minnesota Majority.

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