MS3, Oregon Health and Science University
Member, AMSA Health Care For All Steering Committee
Like many of you, I have followed the events in Ferguson, Missouri. Thanks to an almost unlimited amount of media outlets today, what has transpired in that St. Louis suburb has been placed into numerous narratives. There’s the narrative about our nation’s troubled history of race relations. The narrative about the effects of both the drug war and the war against terror on the militarization of police forces throughout the country. The narrative about the gentrification of our major cities, with the economically disadvantaged increasingly relocated to suburbs like Ferguson. There’s the narrative about the way the media itself has portrayed the events, and how the various factions have used the media to further their goals, rightly or wrongly. There are the attempts to draw parallels between Ferguson and Gaza. And, last but not least, there’s the narrative that puts Ferguson in the context of not only race relations but, more broadly, class relations. Approximately 50 million Americans were uninsured at the time the ACA was signed into law. Approximately 50 million Americans are poor today.
I sit on the steering committee for the ...