Atlanta has a substantial number of homeless mentally ill people. Advocates for that population lay partial blame on Emory, which expanded its campus by taking over land and buildings that were Georgia Mental Health Institute until the 1990s. Throughout the nation, mental hospitals closed or reduced services after Medicaid insurance was withdrawn for inpatients who were not considered an immediate danger to self or others. Hundreds of thousands of mentally ill people were evicted from psychiatric hospitals with little or no provisions for their subsistence and continuous treatment. Many became homeless people who were eventually arrested and charged with vagrancy, panhandling, illicit drug offenses, and even violent crimes. Community safety was compromised by their lack of psychiatric treatment, and their arrests caused overcrowding in public jails and prisons and created the opportunity to institute private prison companies to handle the overflow.
Today over 1.25 million of America's prisoners are mentally ill people who comprise at least 60 percent of inmates in solitary confinement torture. More than 50 percent of police violence victims in America are mentally ill. Unfortunately, no accurate count is kept regarding the deaths and injuries by police that regard the mentally ill.
Many people among Atlanta's homeless rely on shelters, two of which are scheduled to close or already closed in 2014: Springdale Shelter for Women and Children and The Jefferson Place Emergency Shelter. Those shelters provided temporary housing for 300 to 400 people. The Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless, which shelters between 650 to 1,000 people, is holding on by its fingernails as Emory University and area businesses circle the shelter like birds of prey. "Atlanta Progressive News" published an article on July 20, 2014, asserting that Emory University and others conspired against the Task Force to force its closure. The future of the Task Force is in court now. See below:
Emory University and Georgia Businesses Conspire Against Homeless Task Center (Shelter). (APN) - Fulton County Superior Court Judge Craig Schwall heard a series of important motions in the cases involving the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless and the numerous co-conspirators who conspired to sabotage the homeless shelter by depriving it of public and private funds, in a hearing on July 11, 2014.
Who is Dr. James Wagner, president of Emory University? Some say he is a racist. The New York Times reported on February 23, 2013, "All week long, the president of Emory, James W. Wagner, has been trying to control the damage done by a column he wrote for the university magazine [called "As American As Compromise"]. In it, he praised the 1787 three-fifths compromise, which allowed each slave to be counted as three-fifths of a person in determining how much Congressional power the Southern states would have, as an example of how polarized people could find common ground. It was, he has since said, a clumsy and regrettable mistake . . . Dr. Wagner acknowledged both the nation’s continuing education in race relations and his own. 'I know that I personally have a long way to go,' he said." http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/24/education/emory-university-president-revives-racial-concerns.html
What of Emory University Hospital, which received an Ebola patient on Saturday? See an excerpt from an article which was allegedly written by a former black medical student, entitled "Emory University Apologizes to Jews. Where’s Mine?" The writer claimed to have attended Emory Medical School in the 70's and listed six reasons why he/she felt an apology was due to African American students who reportedly "received a quick course in racism along with their basic anatomy." The two complaints by ADC14 below are not the worst ones presented to exemplify how African American students and patients at Emory University Hospital were treated
5) Being pulled aside by the lone black resident in the Internal Medicine program who informed me that “Emory likes their niggers quiet. Do not show-up the white folk if you want to finish.”
6) A white doctor deliberately damaging a black woman’s uterus during an abortion so she could never become pregnant again; while doing expensive fertility surgery on a well-to-do white woman, a white female surgeon opined, “Now these are people who should be having babies.”
As ADC14, the writer listed six disturbing incidents regarding black students and patients in response to Emory's 2012 apology to its former Jewish dental students at:
Emory has a poor reputation regarding workers' rights,from its professors to its kitchen staff. EmoryCuts, a Facebook group, reports at https://www.facebook.com/EmoryCuts:
1) "Several people have asked about the "Shame on Emory" banners on Clifton. Jimmy Gibbs from the Southeastern Carpenters' Regional Council shared the info below. Short version: Emory has hired two contractors for dorm renovations with a history of illegal labor practices, including violating wage and tax laws in Georgia."
2) "Administration [at Emory University] has denied any issues with tenure erosion or adjudication. MLA delivers the numbers, and the opposite is true: From 1995 to 2009, the percentage of tenure-stream faculty at Emory goes from 87.4% to 34.6%, while nontenured/non-tenure track faculty more than quintupled from 12.4% to 65.4%."
This writer also read an article regarding Emory's (past?) tendency to make black patients who need organ transplants secondary to Caucasians who require transplants. Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Emory's affiliated children's hospital, refused to put a black teen on its waiting list for a heart transplant because the 15-year-old had "a history of non-compliance." After Anthony Stokes' death sentence got national attention, the youth was given a new heart. http://raniakhalek.com/2013/08/12/hospital-denies-black-teen-a-heart-transplant-because-of-bad-grades-and-trouble-with-law/
Despite Emory's history of insensitivity to the mentally ill and homeless, racism against blacks, antisemitism, and oppression against its professors and staff, Atlanta residents of all races and socioeconomic classes appreciate the level of professional care at Grady Memorial Hospital, which is reportedly "staffed by close to 700 Emory medical faculty (full-time equivalent of 270). In addition, 366 Emory residents and fellows provide care at Grady under supervision of the faculty."
What do Emory's far-right leanings have to do with Ebola? Let us hope the answer to that question is "nothing." However, if Ebola should escape the containment unit at Emory, it might be important to note certain truths. Tuskegee University Hospital in Alabama conducted government experiments on black farmers while pretending to treat them for syphilis. Wikipedia reports, "The Tuskegee syphilis experiment was an infamous clinical study conducted between 1932 and 1972 by the U.S. Public Health Service to study the natural progression of untreated syphilis in rural African American men who thought they were receiving free health care from the U.S. government." Medicine played a large part in atrocities throughout history, including Nazi concentration camps, enforced sterilization of indigent persons (mostly blacks) through America's eugenics program, and torture in the War on Terror camps. Any humane, socially conscious hospital would reject and denounce such activities, but to what degree do the terms "humane" and "socially conscious" describe Emory University Hospital?
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It would be illegal to keep a dog in a tight space 23 hours a day and gas or Taser him for barking. It would be illegal to put a dog in deadly restraint for control. This happens to mentally ill Americans routinely in the nation's jails and prisons. What happened to Larry Neal?