Tales From The Diversity Hospital
The only thing that can be found there is pain, corruption, death, and sucker-punches.
Which, to be fair, is exactly as expected:
Why care about merit? What harm is there in affirmative action programs that reward the less qualified?
Here’s the story of the Martin Luther King Jr/Drew Medical Center (King/Drew) in Los Angeles, which operated from 1972 to 2007.
Or as patients called, it “Killer King.”
The hospital was founded in 1972, in response to black riots of the late 1960s. Elites in LA, like elsewhere in the country, determined that racism was the cause of pathologies in the black community.
Therefore they decided to open up a hospital to serve locals.
Officially, as a public institution, it couldn’t be a “black hospital.” But most employees and administrators were black, and it was said to belong to the community.
California schools practiced massive affirmative action at the time, and graduates would go work at King/Drew.
Problems appeared right away.
In 1975, the LA Times reported on “horror stories implying neglect and incompetence.”
Employees were said to be drunk on the job or on drugs stolen from the hospital pharmacy.
A letter from a nurse in 1977 gave it the moniker of Killer King.
Here are a few golden nuggets from the article:
King/Drew spent $20.1 million on malpractice payouts from 1999-2004. Adjusting for the number of patients it saw, this was the worst figure of any hospital in the entire state of California.
Patients would come in with minor medical issues and end up dead.
Locals would run away from ambulances in order not to be brought to Killer King.
Police officers had an understanding that if their colleagues were shot, they would not allow them to be taken there.
In 1992, a sheriff’s deputy was taken to the hospital with four gunshot wounds. Joking with nurses when he arrived, he was dead two days later. The surgeon had given him a lethal combination of heart drugs.
In 1994, a woman went to Killer King for a hysterectomy. She got a blood transfusion that had tested positive for AIDS, but nobody had bothered to check.
Why was nothing ever fixed? Remember, the hospital was called “Killer King” in 1977, and it lasted 40 more years after that, until 2007. You won’t be surprised to learn that community activists denounced those who tried to do anything as racists.
I especially got a kick out of this story:
A male nurse was tending to a semi-conscious patient having a leg operation. 20 minutes in the surgery, he reported being slugged in the back by a female colleague who knocked him to the floor.
King/Drew was expected to pay him more than $500,000 for back and neck injuries.
The article is long, but it is well worth it for a laugh and rage. I recommend giving it a read.
No matter how bad you think a Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity (DIE) hospital could be, the truth is always even more ridiculous.
While Killer King finally bit the dust after decades of black privilege and payouts, its legacy still lives on in many other hospitals.
Make sure you know your local hospitals and avoid going to any that follow a DIE protocol.
The acronym itself should make it obvious enough.
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