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Dallas cancels plan to prioritize vaccinating communities of color after state threatens to cut dose allocation



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Dallas County officials Wednesday axed a plan to prioritize vaccinating individuals residing in the county’s most vulnerable ZIP codes, predominately in communities of color, after the state threatened to cut the county’s dose allocation, The Texas Tribune reported Wednesday.

On Tuesday, a split Dallas County Commissioners Court had voted to prioritize COVID-19 vaccines at its Fair Park distribution center for people in predominately Black and Latino areas, a reflection of heightened vulnerability to the novel coronavirus in 11 Dallas County ZIP codes, The Dallas Morning News reported.

Throughout the whole United States, communities of color have been impacted the most by the coronavirus, and public health officials are trying to figure out how to ensure equity in vaccine distribution. According to The Tribune, in Dallas and other major Texas cities, distribution sites are more commonly stationed in white neighborhoods, and early data illustrated that Dallas County had distributed most of its shots to residents of whiter, more affluent areas.

Dallas officials tried to prioritize any residents who meet Texas’ qualifications to receive doses and reside in one of the 11 ZIP codes, The Dallas Morning News reported Tuesday. These 11 ZIP codes, according to The Tribune, are all completely or partially south of Interstate 30, a dividing line that splits the county along racial and socioeconomic lines.

However, in response to this proposal, state health officials warned that it was “not acceptable to [the Department of State Health Services.],” The Tribune reported.

In a letter obtained by The Tribune from Imelda Garcia, an associate commissioner with DSHS, to Dallas health officials, she said that the department will be forced to reduce the county’s vaccine allocation if it does not reverse course.

“While we ask hub providers to ensure vaccine reaches the hardest hit areas and populations, solely vaccinating people who live in those areas is not in line with the agreement to be a hub provider,” Garcia wrote. “If Dallas County is unable to meet these expectations, we will be forced to reduce the weekly vaccine allocation to Dallas County Health and Human Services and no longer consider it a hub provider.”

Moreover, Garcia requested an update on the vaccination plan from the county by Thursday morning, The Tribune reported. It should be noted that her letter came after Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins wrote to state officials asking if the county’s plan was allowed.

10% of the vaccines distributed in the county is how much the county government is responsible for, according to The Tribune. Most of the doses, however, are actually distributed by hospitals and other health-related institutions.

Wednesday evening, Jenkins successfully convinced commissioners to axe the plan during an emergency meeting. They could broach the issue again, he mentioned, but in the meantime they should ditch the prioritization plan to make sure the county receives its next shipment from the state, The Tribune reported.

Want more details about this story? Then read the full original Texas Tribune report here.

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Documentary ‘What Is A Woman?’ exposes America’s true history of child exploitation



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In the world of sexology, two figures, John Money and Alfred Kinsey, have left a lasting and devastating impact with their research. Their controversial methods and ideologies have brought about heated debates and raised concerns about the protection of children from early sexualization.

Matt Walsh’s documentary What Is A Woman brings to the forefront the horrendous exploitation of children in the United States of America. In the film Walsh unveils the horrific history behind the idea and separation of gender and sex. Walsh asked, Miriam Grossman M.D. an adolescent/adult psychiatrist, “why don’t we know more about John Money and Alfred Kinsey?” She responded saying, “evidently there are forces that don’t want this information out.”

One of the most contentious chapters in John Money’s career revolves around the infamous, Reimer case. Money suggested that a boy named David Reimer, who suffered a tragic circumcision accident, should be raised as a girl. Money was successful in convincing Reimer’s parents to raise him as a girl. Money’s research on the twins included forcing the two to commit sexual acts on each other all while they were still children.

The case, initially thought a success, later revealed the devastating effects of imposing gender identity through reassignment surgery. David was unable to align with his assigned gender, ultimately transitioned back to living as a male. This case shed light on the potential ethical risks and irreversible consequences of such interventions on children’s lives. Later in life Brian Reimer, David’s brother, died of an overdose from anti-depressants. Just two years later David Tragically died of suicide.

Alfred Kinsey’s comprehensive studies on human sexual behavior, documented in the Kinsey Reports, challenged societal norms and opened up discussions on previously taboo subjects. Kinsey’s sampling methods lacked representativeness and raised ethical concerns. Kinsey’s studies were based on voluntary participation, which included incarcerated sex offenders. In Kinsey’s book, “Sexual Behavior in the Human Male” their is an infamous chart that any human with a moral compass would be disgusted by. The chart was labeled Table 34 and in detail described the age of the subjects, the amount of orgasms the subject received and the duration each horrific sexual act occurred. It gets worse, the subject’s of this table were anywhere between the ages of five months old and 15 years old. These studies were recorded by Kinsey when he interviewed sexual predators in prison who had been incarcerated for conducting the horrendous acts on children.

Kinsey had a thirst to prove that children were sexual from infancy until old age. The controversies surrounding Money and Kinsey highlight the need for ethical guidelines in research, particularly when involving vulnerable populations such as children.

As we navigate the complexity of sexuality and safeguarding our children, striking a balance between education and protection is vital. By putting parents first and prioritizing comprehensive sexual education and adhering to rigorous ethical standards, we need to work towards a future where our children are protected from premature sexualization while gaining the knowledge they need for healthy, informed lives.

Follow Alexander Carter on Twitter @AlexCarterDC for more!

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