Many conservative critics have long believed the cogs of government turn slowly because bureaucrats are allergic to work.
They appear to have proven that in Oregon. Except this time, they can blame racism.
The Oregon Health Authority, a state agency responsible for overseeing many of Oregon’s taxpayer-funded healthcare programs, recently canceled a meeting because of “white supremacy.”
According to Robby Soave, columnist for the libertarian magazine Reason, Danielle Droppers, the OHA’s Regional Health Equity Coalition program manager, sent partnering agencies an email announcing the tabling of a community “conversation” between her department and reps from Regional Health Equity Coalitions and Community Advisory Councils.
The agencies were supposed to discuss collaborative community investment initiatives.
That did not happen, however, because Droppers and the OHA “recognize that urgency is a white supremacy value that can get in the way of more intentional and thoughtful work, and we want to attend to this dynamic. Therefore, we will reach out at a later date to reschedule.”
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Soave explained that the email blindsided recipients who seemingly were eager to discuss the program at issue. One local health official did some digging and, according to him, found that Droppers’ comment appeared to link to a left-wing “antiracism” expert named Tema Okun.
Okum has written that not only is a “sense of urgency” evidence of white supremacy, but so are values like individualism, objectivity, “worship of the written word,” and “perfectionism.”
Critics lit up the OHA on Twitter.
One was Jeremy Redfern, press secretary for the Florida Department of Health, who tweeted, “Wait… so, the urgency to get a vaccine approved for infants was white supremacy?”
Another noted, “By that logic Trauma Centers are white supremacists. Emergency rooms are white supremacist. Ambulances are white supremacist.”
A third referred to Droppers’ rationale as “insanity in a functional and operative form.”
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Soave noted that Droppers did not respond to a request for comment.
“The community’s frustration is understandable,” he added. “Government employees who are unprepared for meetings should not cite white supremacy as their excuse.”