|(48) The life and death of Patrick Chavis
Michelle Malkin (08/07/02)
|The life and death of
Patrick Chavis (08/07/02)
Excerpted from the Washington
[Columnist Michelle Malkin writes]: "Dr. Patrick Chavis is dead. Will the liberal politicians and gullible media who made him a poster boy for government-imposed affirmative action shed a single tear, or will they continue to ignore what a shameful tragedy his life became?
"... Chavis was murdered on the night of July 23 in Hawthorne, an economically depressed neighborhood on the southern edge of Los Angeles. Three unknown assailants shot him during an alleged robbery at a Foster's Freeze.
"Seven years ago, Chavis ... was profiled lavishly by New York Times magazine writer Nicholas Lemann. Chavis, who made the cover of the magazine, was a black physician admitted to the University of California-Davis medical school under a special racial-preference quota. In 1978, the U.S. Supreme Court later struck down the program after a landmark challenge by white applicant Allan Bakke.
"Three months later, Jane Fonda's ex-husband, left-wing California politico Tom Hayden, heaped praise on Chavis in defense of affirmative action. "[White UC Davis medical school applicant Allan] Bakke's scores were higher," Hayden wrote in an article for The Nation, "but who made the most of his medical school education? From whom did California taxpayers benefit more?" [Apparently, according to the record, below, minority-quota doctor Patrick Chavis made a HUGE difference in pain, suffering and outright profiteering.]
Columnist Malkin continues: "What The New York Times never got around to reporting ... is that the "difference" Chavis made in the lives of several young black women involved gruesome pain -- and death -- as a result of botched "body sculpting" [liposuction] operations at his clinic.
"An administrative law judge found Chavis guilty of gross negligence and incompetence in the treatment of three patients. Yolanda Mukhalian lost 70 percent of her blood after Chavis hid her in his home for 40 hours following a bungled liposuction; she miraculously survived. The other survivor, Valerie Lawrence, also experienced severe bleeding following the surgery; after Lawrence's sister took her to a hospital emergency room, Chavis barged in and discharged his suffering patient -- still hooked up to her IV and catheter -- and also stashed her in his home.
"Tammaria Cotton bled to death and suffered full cardiac arrest after Chavis performed fly-by-night liposuction on her and then disappeared.
"In 1997, the Medical Board of California suspended Chavis' license, warning of his "inability to perform some of the most basic duties required of a physician." In a statement filed by a psychiatrist, the state demonstrated Chavis' "poor impulse control and insensitivity to patients' pain."
Michelle Malkin continues: "If Allan Bakke, the white doctor [rejected by UC Davis Medical school for the sake of "diversity"], had engaged in such disgraceful behavior and met such an ignominious end, you can bet the Left would never let us forget it.
"But Ted Kennedy and Tom Hayden ... had nothing to say about the poor black women who were brutally victimized by the incompetent Chavis. As for The New York Times ... They "ran nothing to amend their false portrait of an affirmative action hero, or question the legitimacy of the race-conscious social policy that had made him a doctor. A riveting, nationally newsworthy story central to the country's discussion of racial preferences somehow ended up completely falling through the cracks."
Excerpted from Michelle Malkin's commentary as it appeared in the Washington Times and in Townhall.com on 8/7/02 titled: "The life and death of Patrick Chavis".
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On June 23, 2003 the U.S. Supreme Court formally endorsed racial discrimination against white and Asian students such as Allen Baake! In a muddled 5-4 decision, the high court ruled that colleges and universities can give racial preference to students such as Patrick Chavis and can deny entry to white and Asian students with better qualifications -- all in the name of "diversity".
See: U.S. Supreme Court in University of Michigan 6-23-03