A member of the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis “Understanding Systemic Racism Team” was recorded informing her students that she will “shut that sh** down” if anyone tries to debate her on “systemic oppression.”
According to Fox News, Kaytlin Reedy-Rogier (pictured) told her class she has “a really hard time being neutral around issues of systemic oppression” and that “oftentimes you will know how I feel.”
But in a seeming contradiction, Reedy-Rogier said she is not “opposed to hearing other perspectives,” is “always willing to engage in dialogue with folks that may disagree” and will “not think less” of anyone if there’s a disagreement.
In the recording, Reedy-Rogier says
We are very firm in race being a social construct, and that that has implications for how we practice medicine. That has implications for how we understand research, and that has implications for how we understand health disparity. And so when we are asking you all to engage in this, we’re really asking you to think about your own identities, and what that means to be anti-racist, which is an active stance in medicine that we know has a really bad racism issue.
Reedy-Rogier’s lesson was part of WashU’s “Health Equity & Justice” curriculum which began in 2020, according to the report. After George Floyd’s murder that same year, the medical school indicated it would “require diversity and bias training for all searches and admissions processes including student, resident, fellow, faculty, and staff positions in education.”
The WashU School of Medicine Understanding Systemic Racism Team page to which Fox News links has since been altered; a cache of the original is here. Reedy-Rogier is listed as a “community engagement instructor” and a coordinator for the Division of General Medicine Pipeline to Compassionate Care Program.
In a 2020 Facebook post announcing Reedy-Rogier’s “Outstanding Alumna” honor at the University of Illinois Social Justice Awards, the UI Diversity and Social Justice Education page replied to a commenter (who posted the recent Fox News article) that “racism, unciouscious [sic] bias, and systemic oppression all play a role in causing significant disparities in medical systems” and that “it cannot be denied that systemic oppression exists.”
IMAGE: WashU screencap