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The Deadliest Disease in America

(PG) Double Exposure Distribution - 60 min
  • DIRECTOR: Crystal R. Emery
  • STARRING: Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS, Senior Advisor to the White House COVID-19 Response Team; Dr. Bert Petersen, MD, Director of Division of Breast Surgery at SBH Health System; Dr. Camara Jones, MD, MPH, PhD, epidemiologist, Past President of American Public Health Association; Dr. Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA, Surgeon General of the United States; Dr. Harlan Krumholz, MD, SM, Director of the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE).

SHOWTIMES 10/17/2021 (change date):

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Synopsis:

The Deadliest Disease in America, a documentary film produced and directed by Crystal R. Emery, traces the history of racism in American healthcare, beginning with the brutal medical experimentation that enslaved people were forced to undergo. As this story unfolds over our nation’s history, the very same inequalities and biases continue to plague our healthcare system, creating disparities in the quality of care that Black, Brown, and Indigenous people receive. Interwoven with these expert testimonies are the personal stories of patients who have been victimized by healthcare inequities, including the filmmaker’s own experiences as a quadriplegic African American woman.

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JOHN FRANCIS FOX
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EXTREMELY NECESSARY DOCUMENTARY ABOUT SLAVERY

September 16, 2021
EVERYONE SHOULD SEE "THE DEADLIEST DISEASE IN AMERICA" SO THAT THEY CAN LEARN ABOUT THE BRUTAL, RACIST "TUSKEGEE SYPHILLIS EXPERIMENT" . IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT TO LEARN HOW AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN AND MEN (AND LATINX AND NATIVE AMERICAN WOMEN AND MEN) SUFFERED BECAUSE OF THE RACIST POLICIES OF EUGENICISTS LIKE OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES, MARGARET SANGER, AND "DR" JAMES MARION SIMS. HOWEVER, THE FILM'S DIRECTOR, CRYSTAL R. EMERY MADE TOO MUCH OF A NEGATIVE GENERALIZATION OF WHITE PEOPLE WHEN SHE REFERRED TO US AS "THE DESCENDANTS OF SLAVE OWNERS." IN FACT, THERE WERE MORE WHITE UNION SOLDIERS WHO DIED TRYING TO FREE ENSLAVED BLACK PEOPLE (ABOUT 360,00) THAN THERE WERE WHITE SLAVE OWNERS. THEREFORE, IT WOULD BE JUST AS ACCURATE TO REFER TO WHITE PEOPLE AS THE DESCENDANTS OF PEOPLE WHO FOUGHT (AND DIED) TO FREE ENSLAVED BLACK PEOPLE.