This book is illuminating. Jonathan Metzl is sitting down, talking to WP as a WM, and getting some of their stances, and I’m 😳. I shouldn’t be too shocked at the mindset of WP. Not in the slightest bit knowing and understanding history. It’s just so interesting listening to their cognitive dissonance.
I’m in a chapter about the medical system in Tennessee. Jonathan set up 2 groups to speak about health and the medical community. He had a black man lead the black men and he lead the WM.
The WM group…These men were poor and unhealthy. Like a dude with an amputated foot, a man with HIV, a man who was obese with HBP and worked for a fast food company, and a couple of men pulling oxygen tanks. These men were on various assistance programs, yet didn’t believe in Medicaid bc (insert the typical right wing talking points). These men were being taken care in some capacity, yet they were railing on others who might take advantage.
And this was before Covid. I really wanna know how Tennessee is doing health wise. They chose not to expand Medicaid bc (insert the typical right wing talking points). So this thing has to be decimating families financially.
There are actually more gun deaths via suicide than homicide. And WM killed themselves 80-90 percent more than everyone else https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/08/16/what-the-data-says-about-gun-deaths-in-the-u-s/