Unfortunately, despite our accomplishments, we are victimized by institutional racism. It is a deadly virus in its own right, founded on a social construct of white supremacy and fabricated to justify mass oppression of people of color, it plagues many of our lives. It is also pervasive in medicine, where practitioners double down, often insisting they are color-blind, and in education, where faculty and administrators find multiple reasons not to diversify colleagues or curriculum.
M. Angele Theard, MD & Thabiti Lewis
M. Angele Theard, MD, is Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon. Thabiti Lewis is Professor of English and Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at Washington State University-Vancouver.
Posts by M. Angele Theard, MD & Thabiti Lewis
The real Elvis is American, remember, and America is a consumer society. The desires we project, the stuff we buy—that is what feels real to us. It lets us have any Elvis we want. He left plenty of kitsch in his wake, plenty of pseudo-religion, plenty of Elvis jokes—but he was not, is not, a joke. He lived our contradictions, released our inhibitions, and lost himself in the process.