Saturday, August 9, 2014
Good morning again:
I write to recommend two important articles that offer considerable food for thought and discussion.
The first is an article in Slate titled, White People Are Fine With Laws That Harm Blacks. The author, Jamelle Bouie, discusses a new study
When I want to emphasize a point on criminal justice reform, I lead with the data. There are huge racial gaps in arrests, convictions, and sentences. I’m shocked by the statistics and assume that’s also true of readers.
But according to a new study from Stanford University psychologists Rebecca C. Hetey and Jennifer L. Eberhardt, the stats-first approach to issues of race and incarceration isn’t effective—in fact, it’s potentially counterproductive.
Yes, indeed, that’s what the researchers discovered. Their findings show that racial bias gets worse when whites see evidence of racism.
The second article is by Andrew Pollack in today’s New York Times: Ebola Drug Could Save a Few Lives. But Whose?
This article discusses the ethical issues involved in deciding who should receive dosages of new drugs developed to treat Ebola. Only a few dosages of two new drugs are available and the drugs have not been approved for use in treating Ebola. Whether they will prove to be effective is unknown. The two Americans recently transported to Emory University Hospital have received dosages and appear to be improving, which may or may not be due to the drug, and the decision to treat the Americans rather than Africans has been criticised.
Some of the difficult questions are:
Are the drugs safe to take?
Do they work?
Given the extremely limited supply, who should get the drugs”
Americans or Africans?
Health care providers or patients?
Newly infected or patients in advanced stages of the disease?
Young or old?
Warning: Due to a series of recent events we will be moving to a new community, which as yet is undetermined. We will continue to post articles as time permits, but we definitely will not be able to post daily. We will do the best we can, even if it’s only a drive-by to post an open thread.
Thank you for your patience.