Just when you think the filth and venom spewed forth by radical right wing extremists can't possibly get any worse, the photo above was distributed to a group associated with Tea Baggers by Dr.David McKalip, a health care reform opponent and St. Petersburg, FL neurosurgeon. McKalip is also a Delegate to the American Medical Association.
Dr. McKalip commented in the email to which the racist photo was attached that it was "funny stuff". The entire story can be found on Talking Points Memo at this link here.
Take action to take Dr. McKalip to task on the flip:
No, Dr. McKalip, this is not "funny stuff". It's blatant and hateful racism at its worst and you, especially as a physician and representative of the American Medical Association, should be absolutely ashamed of attacking our President with such filth, regardless of your political views.
Fellow Kossacks, please take a moment to share your thoughts with Dr. McKalip on his racist behavior via email, phone, or fax. Please keep your comments to him professional and businesslike. Let's avoid getting down in the gutter as wingnuts typically do. His contact information, which is public record on his medical website, can be found here.
Additionally, Dr. McKalip is affiliated with Bayfront Medical Center and St. Anthony's Hospital in the St. Petersburg area. Contact information for Bayfront is here and St. Anthony's is here.
Also, please take a moment to contact the American Medical Association and ask them in a businesslike and professional way, to publicly issue a statment that they reject and condemn the racist views of this Association delegate. Email and phone contact information for the AMA can be found here.
A commenter suggested that perhaps the filing of complaint with the Florida Physician Licensing authority would be appropriate. The contact info related to filing a complaint can be found at this Florida Department of Health link here.
Dr. McKalip is also on the faculty of the University of South Florida. Contact information for USF is here.
Additional USF contact information is below:
University of South Florida
Office of the President
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, ADM 241
Tampa, Florida 33620
Cynthia S. Visot, Chief of Staff
Lesley Miller, Director, Community Relations
The American Medical Association has released the following related to Dr. McKalip's racist email:
The AMA became aware of this situation earlier today and released the following statement:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 23, 2009
Statement attributable to: American Medical Association
"Delegates to the American Medical Association are selected through
their individual state and specialty societies, and their individual
views and actions do not, in any way, represent the official view of the
AMA. We condemn any actions or comments that are racist, discriminatory
# # #
Roger Brown, PhD
Director, Office of House of Delegates Affairs
American Medical Association
515 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60654
P: (312) 464-4344
F: (312) 464-4505
Additional contacts-Bayfront and St. Anthonys CEOs, USF Medical School Administrators:
Ms. Sue G. Brody, President & CEO
Bayfront Medical Center
701 – 6th Street, South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701-4814
Mr. Bill Ulbright, President & CEO
St. Anthony's Hospital, Inc.
1200 - 7th Ave. North
St. Petersburg, FL 33705
It may also be appropriate to share this with those who oversee Dr. McKalip at the University of South Florida:
Dr. RICHARD C. KARL, Chairman
Department of Surgery
USF College of Medicine
12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
MDC Box 16
Tampa, FL 33612
Phone (813) 974-4826
Fax (813) 974-7096
E-mail Address email@example.com
Dr. Harry R. van Loveren, Chairman
Dept. of Neurosurgery
USF College of Medicine
12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Suite 850