Two high-ranking employees have been forced to resign from a well-known American medical journal after they publicly criticized the notion of “systemic racism,” according to Campus Reform.
The resignations came from Deputy Editor Edward Livingston and Editor-in-Chief Howard Bauchner, of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Livingston submitted his resignation to Bauchner, then his superior, in March after Livingston appeared on a podcast where he stated that “no physician is racist,” a sentiment that was repeated in a tweet from the American Medical Association (AMA) promoting the podcast.
Livingston’s comments were criticized by far-left activists, including a black female doctor with the AMA named Aletha Maybank, who called his comments “wrong, absolutely appalling, and at its very core…a demonstration of structural and institutional racism.” Maybank provided no evidence whatsoever to prove that Livingston was a racist, or that “structural racism” is even real.
Bauchner issued an apology on behalf of Livingston’s comments, declaring that he was “profoundly disappointed in myself for the lapses that led to the publishing of the tweet and podcast.” Although Bauchner admitted that he “did not write or even see the tweet, or create the podcast,” he was nevertheless “ultimately responsible for them” as the editor-in-chief of the publication.
Subsequently, Bauchner announced on June 1st that he would be resigning by the end of the month, after having served as editor-in-chief since 2011. He added that he had “always supported the AMA’s commitment to dismantling structural racism in the institutions of American medicine…and look forward to personally contributing to that work going forward.”