Monday, September 10, 2012

Government Contest to Create a Sexist and Racist App

Reducing Cancer Among Women of Color App Challenge

That is the app contest in which there is $100,000 in prize money.

From the HHS post:
“This app challenge is an example of our work to reduce health disparities, building on the HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities,” said J. Nadine Gracia, M.D., M.S.C.E., acting deputy assistant secretary for minority health.
Since there is a disparity among white women and ethnic women in cancer prevention and treatment, Health and Human Services want an app just for ethnic women. Forget about raising health standards for all women, or all people, but spend money on just a portion of the people.

Reeks of the concept of "fairness." Equal outcome, not equal opportunity. Will there be a $100,000 contest for white women or ethnic men or white men? Spend the same amount of money on all groups? Wouldn't that be fair? Or do we dump money on isolated groups, no matter how much it is, till everyone has an equal survival rate?

This is the new institutional racism under the banner of fairness and equal outcome.

One of the conditions of the app is it must be multilingual. Basically, make sure people that have not assimilated to the American culture by learning English can still use the app. Can't help but hear a "dog whistle" in that requirement.


I just don't have the energy to fully and properly complain about this app and the goals of the agency. Not to mention some of the potential security issues like the downloading of medical files and information. Isn't that just what you want on your smart phone if it is stolen?

Where is the sanity check on these things?

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