Ohio Legislator Who Questioned Black Hygiene To Lead Health Panel
Written by Huffingtonpost on January 22, 2021
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Republican lawmaker and physician who questioned whether or not members of “the coloured inhabitants” had been disproportionately contracting the coronavirus due to their hygiene is drawing new criticism from Black lawmakers after his appointment to guide the state Senate Well being Committee.
“Might it simply be that African Individuals – or the coloured inhabitants — don’t wash their arms in addition to different teams? Or put on masks? Or don’t socially distance themselves?” state Sen. Stephen Huffman requested a Black well being skilled in June 11 testimony. “Might that simply be the reason of why there’s a better incidence?”
The feedback resulted in calls from Democrats and the ACLU of Ohio for him to resign from the GOP-controlled Senate.
Huffman, of Tipp Metropolis, was appointed final week by Senate President Matt Huffman, his cousin, to chair the committee even after he was fired from his job as a Dayton-area emergency room doctor for his feedback.
In a letter Wednesday, the Ohio Black Legislative Caucus demanded a well being committee chief who understands and may reply to the inequities of healthcare in Ohio “with out political affect.”
“If the Senate management is not going to substitute Sen. Huffman as Chair, then we are going to count on Sen. Huffman to make use of his place to enhance the well being of Ohio’s African-American inhabitants by working with OLBC to move laws that successfully addresses well being disparities within the state of Ohio,” director Tony Bishop mentioned in a information launch.
Huffman stays a licensed medical physician in Ohio.
“Senator Huffman is a medical physician and extremely certified to chair the Well being Committee,” spokesperson John Fortney mentioned Friday in a written assertion. “He has a protracted file of offering healthcare to minority neighborhoods and has joined a number of mission journeys at his personal expense to deal with these from deprived nations.
Fortney added that Huffman apologized on the time “for asking a careless and awkwardly worded query.”
“Honest apologies deserve honest forgiveness, and never the perpetual politically weaponized judgement of the cancel tradition,” he mentioned.”
Farnoush Amiri is a corps member for the Related Press/Report for America Statehouse Information Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit nationwide service program that locations journalists in native newsrooms to report on undercovered points.
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