I had a post prepared about the new meaningful use criteria, electronic medical records, and the push towards technology and away from our patients. I’ll have to save it for another day. Why? Because the people of North Carolina just made my blood boil and I can’t help but write about it.
Come on, folks, this is 2012!
History has proven time and time again that we are a country moving towards equality.
In 1920, women fought for the right to vote with the women’s suffrage movement leading to the passage of the 19th amendment. How many women in North Carolina exercised that right to vote to deny equality to others?
In 1964, a hard-fought civil rights movement led to passage of the Civil Rights Act outlawing discrimination on the basis of race, racial segregation, and voting equality for blacks. How many black men and women in North Carolina exercised their right to vote today to deny equality to others?
In 1972, the United States passed Title IX, ended discrimination on the basis of sex for any educational activity or program receiving federal funding. While sports was never the primary focus of the legislation, many of us former college athletes credit Title IX with creating a platform of equality that allowed us to excel in sports in equal measure as our male classmates. How many beneficiaries of Title IX exercised their right to vote to deny equality to others?
In 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibited discrimination based on disability. How many disabled citizens exercised their rights to deny equality to others?
History is history. There is no debate. Time and time again, we have moved towards equality.
History will prove you wrong, North Carolina.