Research in medicine has largely become a disgrace, driven by ideology and politics more than a search for meaningful data to guide clinical practice. What used to be prestigious medical journals are now just a joke for the research they publish. All you have to do is look at the titles. And here is a classic example, with some of the dumbest analysis you can imagine, and here is its title: “Association of Residence in High–Police Contact Neighborhoods With Preterm Birth Among Black and White Individuals in Minneapolis.” (JAMA Article)
Once more my current metro area of residence is determined to be far above average in lunacy. Must be something in those Mississippi River headwaters. Any person with a functioning brain, which leaves out much of this state, can immediately imagine what might be wrong with this study. What is going on in areas with high-police contact? Could it be a lot of crime? Could that high-crime environment cause stress? Maybe it is not enough police contacts that causes the problem, because there are not adequate resources to limit crime. And while it is terribly politically incorrect to observe this, it is absolutely true that these lower-income areas have high rates of poor health behaviors, including lower compliance with prenatal care guidelines.
These dipshit authors decided to ignore the role of socio-economic factors, except to say that if they were included they would have found no effect of level of police contacts. And please note an interesting little finding. The supposed effect on African-Americans was far lower among recently arrived immigrants. Why? Because they have stronger families and have not been subjected to the wonderful liberal and progressive policies that have fed irresponsibility and poor behaviors for decades. Anyone who actually cares about the plight of many African-Americans would want policies that build strong families and encourage personal responsibility, not excuse-making about systemic racism. But that is hard, and progressives are basically lazy and have no desire to actually take on difficult problems with solutions that work.
Don’t expect improvement in many of our most intractable problems until we boot the progressive mindset completely out of any role in government.