Sen. Invoice Cassidy has made some dangerous choices all through his profession. In the course of a pandemic, his efforts to rob 23 million Individuals of healthcare actually appears silly.
However that isn’t the one dangerous thought he’s championed.
Within the early 1990s, Cassidy channeled his internal Bobby Jindal and advised that we “get rid of Southern College-New Orleans,” turning the spare buildings into, amongst different issues, “minimal safety prisons.”
Sure, Invoice Cassidy mentioned that however that’s not all he mentioned in his revealing “letter to the editor” of the State Instances.
“Does northwest Louisiana require Grambling, Louisiana Tech, Northwest Louisiana College, LSU-Shreveport, and Southern College-Shreveport? Make two of them junior faculties and shut two extra. Why cease there? Put off Southern College-New Orleans,” Sen. Cassidy opined.
In a state that incarcerates extra of its inhabitants than most developed international locations, particularly individuals of shade, we want extra establishments like Southern College in New Orleans, not fewer.
Beginning with Straight College in 1868 and on to Dillard, Southern, Grambling, and Xavier, Louisiana’s traditionally black faculties and universities (HBCUs) boast a proud legacy of feat.
They’ve produced distinguished politicians, navy leaders, New York Instances columnists, world-renowned musicians, artists, and poets. They’ve ready generations of younger African-American women and men for fulfillment, growing the incomes potential of their graduates by 55 percent.
In a state that incarcerates extra of its inhabitants than most developed international locations, particularly individuals of shade, we want extra establishments like Southern College in New Orleans, not fewer. And we undoubtedly don’t want extra prisons.
In truth, a lot of Cassidy’s considering is infused with racial undertones.
His campaign towards the Inexpensive Care Act, for instance, is knowledgeable by his perception that Medicaid is a barrier to self-improvement, reasonably than a pathway to self-care and private growth. He even praised a documentary that in contrast the Inexpensive Care Act to slavery.
And whereas Cassidy was enjoying politics with the pandemic, African-Individuals in Louisiana had been dying at an alarming rate. He regurgitated Republican speaking factors that minimized the virus to extend the chances of Trump successful re-election, which infuriates me as a COVID survivor.
Weeks after Cassidy mentioned, “The one factor now we have to concern is the concern of the virus itself,” I laid in a hospital mattress preventing for my life.
To make issues worse, Cassidy dismissed concerns that systemic inequalities in our healthcare system led to the disproportionate demise toll and as an alternative appeared to counsel that African American genetics had been accountable. This callous response is very disappointing coming from a doctor who labored in Louisiana’s charity hospitals for years.
Lastly, Sen. Cassidy tried to strip healthcare from Louisiana’s most weak residents, politicized the pandemic, and minimized the struggling of African Individuals. The actual fact is, whether or not it’s taking away our pathway to greater schooling or our entry to healthcare, Invoice Cassidy has a historical past of placing African American Louisianans final.
Ted James is a local of Baton Rouge, a training legal professional, and a graduate of Southern College, Louisiana’s largest HBCU. In late March 2020, James, then 37, was hospitalized and almost misplaced his life from COVID-19. He’s at the moment serving his third time period within the Louisiana state Home, representing District 101 in East Baton Rouge Parish.