The University of Minnesota (UoM) Medical School is now forcing students to recite an anti-white oath before they are allowed to receive an education in pharmaceutical drugs, invasive surgery and other Western medicine protocols.
On August 19, UoM held an official white coat ceremony for the recitation ritual, which the school says is designed to “promote a culture of anti-racism” among students. (Related: Medical school students across the country are now being forced to say out loud that they have “white privilege” before being allowed to graduate.)
White coats themselves, students were told during the “woke” sacrament, are a “symbol of power, prestige, and dominance.” Students thus need to “strive to reclaim their identity as a symbol of responsibility, humility, and loving kindness.
“We commit to uprooting the legacy and perpetuation of structural violence deeply embedded within the health care system,” students were seen and heard reciting during the service.
The leader of the recitation was Dr. Robert Englander, associate dean for undergraduate medical education. He described the oath as “beautiful,” stating that it was written by students on consultation with their faculty advisors.
“We recognize inequities built by past and present traumas rooted in white supremacy, colonialism, the gender binary, ableism, and all forms of oppression,” the oath continues.
“As we enter this profession with opportunity for growth, we commit to promoting a culture of anti-racism, listening, and amplifying voices for positive change. We pledge to honor all Indigenous ways of healing that have been historically marginalized by Western medicine. Knowing that health is intimately connected to our environment, we commit to healing our planet and communities.”