A politicized “expert” from the Mayo Clinic has argued that heart failure is soaring among black people because of racism.
The claim was made by Dr. LaPrincess Brewer, a medical doctor whose research “seeks to better elucidate the social determinants of cardiovascular health and how they contribute to racial and ethnic disparities in cardiovascular disease,” according to her online biography.
The Mayo Clinic News Network reported that the organization’s so-called “experts” now believe that heart failure has skyrocketed in the past three years because of racism
“African Americans, unfortunately, have the highest rates of uncontrolled hypertension in the world, which dramatically increases their risk for developing heart disease,” Brewer noted.
Common risk factors for hypertension include obesity; lack of exercise; high-sodium or low-potassium diets; and frequent use of tobacco, alcohol, or amphetamines.
However, Brewer claimed that soaring hypertension rates were due not to decisions made by black people, but rather to systemic racism or socioeconomic issues.
According to Brewer, this racism causes “food insecurity, housing insecurity, redlining, which really limits certain individuals from receiving opportunities and resources to better their health.”
The term “redlining,” which has entered common vernacular with the rise of social justice and the diversity, equity, and inclusion movement, typically refers to a bank’s use of geographic location when evaluating whether to approve loans based on the likelihood that the borrower may default.
Indeed, mitigating factors—such as the amount of crystal meth available in a given neighborhood—may correlate both with hypertension and the bank’s willingness to loan money to an individual whose credit history raises red flags.
The argument made by Brewer is not new.
In 2021, for instance, University of Chicago cardiologist Bryan Smith published an article arguing that “health inequalities” have caused higher rates of heart failure among the black population.
Among the “inequalities” Smith identified were “structural and social inequities, which cause increased stress and distrust in the medical system, a lack of nutritious food options (living in food deserts), and poor access to medical care.”
Such arguments have also advanced at the highest levels of government, by no less than the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Prior to gaining notoriety as the nation’s lead authority overseeing the COVID-19 pandemic, the CDC released a 2019 pamphlet “exploring racial and ethnic disparities” in obesity, hypertension and heart disease.
Accordingly, in 2021, then-CDC director Rochelle Walensky declared that racism itself was a “serious public health threat.”
The attempt to make heart disease racist goes hand-in-hand with attempts to explain all differences among races as a result of systematic inequalities.
For example, Mother’s Day was declared racist in 2023, because black people live in the anxiety of dying at the hands of a racist white person on a daily basis.
Fortunately, several news sites have begun maintaining comprehensive lists of things that have been declared racist.
Among them are white paint, Canadian ice hockey, defending against hurricane looters, driving your car, organizing your pantry, and frolicking in the rain.