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I’m sick of this racist sh*t. For the GOP, it’s been a series of stories where it isn’t even beneath-the-surface racism. It’s outright in-your-face — from voter intimidation of the elderly blacks in FL to the racist and false flyers in Milwaukee attempting to suppress the vote.

The latest piece of bigotry comes right out of the mouth of Tom Coburn, the wingnut running for the Senate in Oklahoma. Here are his pearls of wisdom…

A Republican Senate candidate from Oklahoma who has run into trouble over verbal gaffes was drawing fire again on Friday for saying black men have a “genetic predisposition” for a lower life expectancy than whites.

Dr. Tom Coburn, a Republican physician locked in a neck-and-neck struggle for a pivotal U.S. Senate seat, made the comment in a discussion of Social Security privatization during a locally televised debate on Wednesday night.

Coburn said black males were statistically more likely to die before they could benefit from Social Security.

“What kind of plan is that, that we are going to take from those who have a genetic predisposition of less life expectancy, that we are going to steal from those and give it to somebody else?” Coburn asked on Wednesday.

…Angela Monson, a Democratic state representative from Oklahoma City, said the suggestion that blacks are genetically inferior was “bizarre.”

“I think he was so bent on pushing the privatization of Social Security that he took this leap,” she said. “A leap off the deep end.”

Has this man read ANYTHING about the environment and society’s effect on the health of black Americans and life expectancy? This comment is just moronic, even if the overall statistics are true. As a doctor, he should be well-aware of studies on the health of minority groups.

“Risk factors for heart disease include high blood pressure, elevated serum cholesterol levels, smoking, diabetes, physical inactivity, and obesity. Public health professionals should focus efforts on prevention and risk reduction at all ages, and particularly at younger ages among racial/ethnic minorities. Improved health promotion and primary and secondary prevention strategies are needed to decrease the burden of heart disease and eliminate health disparities in the population.”


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Pam Spaulding

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