VOICE: Donald Trump’s Homage to Adolf Hitler


Donald Trump delivered his first speech to a Joint Congress last night. He was more optimistic than usual, even garnering a standing ovation for “using” Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens as tool for sympathy. However, he made one immensely dangerous and contradicting point that will continue to harm America, and we must not forget it. He introduced us to a new fear mongering mnemonic, VOICE: Victims of Immigrant Crime Engagement. The fact that engagement was forced just to make the mnemonic is beyond the point. The real issue is that it pays homage to the propagandist rhetoric of tyrants like Adolf Hitler who blamed Jews in inflammatory speeches. Majority of violent crimes committed in this country are by American citizens. At this point, Donald Trump serves as a catalyst for so much violence toward immigrants and minority groups. This fact contradicts his statement to work on bipartisan immigration reform. How can you reach across the aisle, when you are fueling civil unrest on a grand scale? With the use of VOICE, resistance from members of both parties is mandatory. The irony is sickening. A voice is a symbol of freedom, hope, and validity. It is the opportunity to share what is on your mind and soul. For this man to use it as a tactic to isolate and denigrate immigrants who make our country so rich, is unforgiveable.

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The Silencing of Women

Senator Elizabeth Warren’s punishment on the Senate floor serves as a symbol to a larger problem in our society: The Silencing of Women. Senator Warren is one of the most powerful and outspoken voices in our country, yet even she has been silenced at the hands of men who do not wish to hear her truth. Not only her truth, but also the voice of another iconic woman, Coretta Scott King. Make no mistake, women are constantly forced to take back seats to male opinion and ego. In my medical school classes, I often counted how many times my male counterparts (in some cases, myself included) would speak before our female colleagues uttered a word. Moments like this happened more often than I can remember. We have created a society in which our women and young girls often feel unsafe, less smart, and unworthy. Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reaffirmed that message when he silenced two women who attempted to speak against the unjust  and blatant racist practices of Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions.

Donald Trump is America’s Worst Boyfriend

Endorsing Donald Trump is like dating that person all your friends and family despise. Your relatives are always wondering, “What the heck is this crazy boyfriend going to say or do next?” The statements or actions are so perplexing you convince yourself that the person is a professional troll. However, your family loves you and respects you, so they tolerate the person.

He’s like that one guy at a party who thinks it’s cool to be a bully, but instead of feeling scared, people feel pity more than anything. Instead of averting their eyes in fear, everyone is confused at how someone with his world views functions in the 21st century, let alone campaigns for President of the United States.

You know those relationships that keep giving you reasons to say “F**k this, I’m out!”? Reasons where the person constantly berates you.

They tell you things like:

You’re a rapist. You’re a terrorist. You’re a woman, and it’s disgusting that you menstruate. You don’t fit the social construct of what beauty is. You should be in the kitchen where you belong. Your son died fighting for America, but his sacrifice was nothing compared to my sacrifice to save America. Or even worse, they admit to sexual assault, yet dub it as “locker room talk.” 

Instead of inspiring you to be a better version of yourself, he constantly degrades you. The “words” eat at your psyche and morale until you start to believe you are worthless and need someone like him to save you.

You do not need him to save you!

Instead of taking an objective stance, or listening to reasonable advice from friends who love and care about you, you keep going back to this scumbag. How many asinine things does this man…wait, no. I can’t give him the decency of calling him a man. That would imply he stands up for what is right, holds himself to a higher standard, respects women, and has the decency to apologize when he’s clearly, well at least to sane people, done or said something egregious.  How many things does this…thing have to say in order for you to wake up and say, “BOY, BYE!”

Yes, in relationships disagreements exist, but they should not create an environment that insults or denigrates the fabric of your identity. In an oddly successful attempt to win the most coveted office on our planet, he has appealed to all the things that Make America Terrible.  He is an abuser. He is a vitriolic demagogue preying not only on the insecurities of one partner with a dependent personality, but also his narcissism is parasitically gnawing on the brains of millions. And, like so many infections that go untreated, they fester until they kill. Donald trump is your abuser, and he is killing you America!

Abusers have so much power over their victims because they strategically try to isolate them. As human beings, we put up walls because of fear and insecurity.  Donald Trump does not want to build a wall to protect you. He is building a wall to have more power to manipulate you and separate you from the reality that he is using you. He will be sitting on the iron throne while you drown in your fear, doubt, and ignorance.

Abusers financially exploit their victims by controlling the money in a relationship. How many times has Trump tried to exploit you? Was it the Trump Taj Mahal? Was it Trump Castle? Was it Trump Plaza and Hotel? Was it Trump Hotels Casino and Resorts? Was it Trump Entertainment Resorts? Was it that time he told you to attend his “university,” but you found it was like that time you repeatedly wasted $1 to get the “I Love You” teddy bear with the three-pronged metal thing, but instead it kept responding “try again.”

Donald Trump whispers sweet nothings like “Make America Great Again”, “I alone can fix it” and “Believe me” in your ear. In a relationship, if you have to tell someone to believe you, it’s usually not a good sign.  Donald Trump does not love you, and if your relationship was “great” once, it was likely homogenous, segregated, lacked civil rights for people of color, was racist, bigoted, assassinated MLK Jr, JFK, didn’t allow interracial marriage, lynched African-Americans, allowed Jim Crow, interned Japanese-Americans, didn’t like black people counting your  money

Sorry I got carried away, but you get the idea.

This person further abuses you by minimizing, denying and blaming. He does not take responsibility for the words that sputter from his lips; and quite frankly, he does not care. When called out on his senseless verbiage, he often states his words were taken out of context or that he was misunderstood. He jumps at the chance to irrationally blame others instead of maturely seeking solutions. If solutions are offered, they’re usually nondescript or simple-minded.

This being colludes with other’s who are equally as dangerous, if not worse to society than he is. His running mate Mike Pence’s stance on matters related to civil rights, healthcare equity, education, and the environment, is deplorable.

I cannot force you to leave the grips of this vampire. He has revealed his true identity repeatedly.  If you want someone who is openly racist, bigoted, and a sexual predator representing your country, it shows me we have a lot of work to do as a society. If you have chosen this organism as your candidate, you still have time to get out of this relationship. It is not too late.

With that said, I will never blame the victim. So many times, we tell the rape victim she should have worn a longer dress or should not have gotten drunk at that party. So many times we’ve asked, “But what did she do wrong?” Or we repugnantly state “We don’t know the whole story. She must have enticed him.”

You are not wrong, you are voicing your opinion, and I respect that. What I cannot respect are the values Donald Trump embodies. No other presidential candidate in history would be able to say or do the things he has and have a chance of becoming president of the United States.

The most disheartening component of his campaign is that he thrives on all things anti- American. American is a land of diversity. No other country on earth can contest our diversity of ideas, race, culture, and freedom. Unfortunately, it is that same freedom that has allowed him, and people like him to thrive. It is time for us to stand up against his white male privilege, narcissistic personality, and abusive tendencies.  We have to stand against him. We have to boycott him. We have to organize. We have to vote!

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The Executions Will Be Televised

The Executions Will Be Televised

We’ve been forced to record our experiences of being mistreated.

Our executions are being televised as if we are fish out of water.

Our Gills gasp for air, Garnering ephemeral yet sequential hashtags.

While Scott remains free only to be seen as,

the Hero in America.

We are white-hot, but not white.

Results being, we are not right.

Our lamentations are like hot air on cold blue hearts,

While our hearts disappear with each beat run.

Being black in American is like a re-run.

Afraid to die is why we run.

Trigger fingers are faster behind these guns.

We aspire, but our past h(a)unts us.

The mentality of brave slaves with allostatic loads so heavy,

Yet you drop doubt into us like Katrina’s levees.

A flood of tears, became a trail of fears,

to a promise land of milk and honey, or death

poisoned grapes of wrath, flowing from cathartic steins into a beck

You are not being mistreated,

It’s all in your head.

But don’t be too free,

Or you’ll end up dead

We voice our fears of being killed.

“Just comply,” you say.

I’ve been compliant for centuries

You’re getting it twisted like Freddie Gray

My only choice is my voice, but you take it away.

If I get too free, I’m told to behave.

If I get too free, Now I’m DeRay.

If I get too free, I’m MLK.

If I get too free, I’m Oscar Grant.

If I get too free, I’m Sandra Bland.

If I get too free, I am you

If I am like you,

That means we’re equals.

But in reality, this is slavery as a sequel.

If our black perspectives are unjustified is all you gather

This inability to empathize with us, is why BLACK LIVES MATTER!


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Starving for Diversity

While sitting here prepping for my pediatrics preceptor visit, I came across this video(below) shared by my brother Marvin L. Mills II​. The lack of diversity in the writer’s room allows stereotypes, err racism, to thrive. This not only applies to film and television; but also, it pertains to medicine. I am grateful to be at one of the most- if not THE most- diverse medical schools in the country. Diversity is not just a matter of socially constructed concepts like race and gender. It is found in different opinions, ideas, belief systems, and life experiences. When all of these concepts come to the table, the menu caters to a nourishing sustenance that alters schemas into a much more palatable and tolerant form. Whether are not the invitations to the table exist, is often the crux of the matter, as systemic ideologies and institutionalized barriers deprive the “carte du jour” of the opportunity for diverse satiety. When the “token” representative is the only one at the table, it is burdensome, yet this person often serves as an icebreaker to a glacier that is an entendre. On one hand this person has a story to tell, which is much more than surface deep. Secondly, others perceive this token at face value or the top of the glacier as one riddled with notions entrenched by stereotypes, media, fear, judgement, and prejudice. The challenge is then for this person to break through the mold of years of prescription, survive, and hopefully create a lane for those who follow to run in, while also contributing to the tolerance of their present audience. In a way, this cycle has taken shape, as evidenced by the Civil Rights Movement, the first biracial (black) president, interracial marriage, and the exhaustive list that can follow. However, the need for concepts like #blacklivesmatter, #icantbreath or the existence unequal pay for women, the lack of diversity in higher education, or republican candidates who I refuse to name, shows us that still have some work to do!

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This is the stuff that moves me. This stuff keeps me up at night, yet it is the same thing that helps me sleep, knowing that there is goodness and beauty in the world. Goodness, beauty, worth, dignity, and love lives in each of us. Paulo Freire says that “Without a minimum of hope, we cannot so much as start the struggle.” And as this poet, Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho says, “Hope is the heaviest weight a man can carry. It is the bane of the idealist.” Both quotes are true. In order to have hope, you most hope. When you have it, maintaining it is often the hardest thing, especially if you’ve been homeless for nearly half your life.

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Status Post Workout Wednesday: “MS1”

Yesterday was Workout Wednesday, and so many first year medical students came! We had our largest group so far with over 20 participants. Usually I try to anticipate how many people will show up, but I was not prepared for such a large group. Nonetheless, we made it work, and we all had a tough, but awesome workout (see below)!

This was the first full week of classes for the new first year medical students, so I want to thank all of them for taking time out of their busy schedules to join us for WW. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture to show you what an amazing group we had yesterday, so if anyone took pictures feel free to post them in the comments or send them over to me.

I did anticipate that there would be more first year medical students than we’ve ever had, so in honor of them I named this workout: MS1!


5 Rounds for Veterans

3 Rounds for Beginners

-Squat Jumps (modification-body squats)10

-Crossover lunges (modification-regular lunges) 20 (10 each leg)

-Alternating planks (modification-alternating on knees) 20 (10 each set)

-V-ups 10 (modification-crunches)


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Medicare and a Memory With Dolores Huerta

Today, I had the opportunity to speak at a Medicare Rally in Frank Ogawa Plaza in Oakland to honor the 50th birthday of Medicare. I know many of you could not be there, so I wanted to share my speech with you below. I also had the pleasure to meet and share a photo with Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and Dolores Huerta, a living legend and historic community organizer. I was humbled and inspired by the amazing and dedicated advocates around me. I look forward to continuing the fight to make sure the United States provides healthcare to all of us. Quite frankly, the fact that we do not is unacceptable!

Be on the lookout for:



Happy Birthday Medicare!

Dear Medicare,

On July 30, 1965, you were inked into law. You are much wiser and older than I am. You were surrounded by revolutionaries like the Voting Rights Act and the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. Your selflessness contributed to the desegregation of the south, because hospitals who racially discriminated against their patients would not receive any federal funding granted to them in your name. You were a civil rights advocate lifting older Americans out of desperation, when 1 in 3 adults over 65 years of age was in poverty. You are a legend, like Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King Jr, and like the legend who will grace this mic in a few moments, Dolores Huerta!!

We are facing difficult times now. We have to tweet phrases like #blacklivesmatter, as if we were transported back to the decade of your inception. And like healthcare justice, our battle cry is loud and clear. Medicare you deserve more. You deserve more than I can give you as a second year medical student. Sometimes, I get so frustrated with the limitations of our healthcare system, it begins to make me sick.  Almost as sick the patients who frequent our student run clinics, because although they may have insurance, it pales in comparison to you. You do so much for our elders, yet you are not allowed to help the rest of us, who are incessantly thirsting for more. You have not been allowed to reach your potential. You are ripe with sagacity and tenacity to lift us from the depths of our desperation, as present and future practitioner who want to make sure we are all accounted for. Not just the ones who can afford to pay for health insurance, not just the ones attempting to navigate bronze, silver, gold and platinum plans that fall into a hierarchical jigsaw puzzle we call a healthcare system. But, hold fast Medicare; we are fighting for Medicare For All with you and for you. Today we are with you, Medicare and again on October 1st, Students for A National Health Program (SNaHP) with students all over the country will hold teach-ins, candle-light vigils, and marches to highlight the thousands of people who die each year because they do not have health insurance! So you see Medicare, you may be older, wiser and have just a bit more patient experience, but just know that we are the new revolutionaries standing on the shoulders of giants like you! Thank you for all you have done and we will not stop until we true health for all, through Medicare for all!

Thank you!


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Hindsight is 20/20

Today (or yesterday) was one of my favorite days of the week, “Workout Wednesday!” I get so excited because it feels like we are doing something good. For the past 4 weeks, a few of my friends and me have been getting together once a week to move our bodies. Amongst our busy schedules as medical students, it’s difficult to stay sane, but one of the ways we like to do that, is to exercise. We are currently in our Brain and Behavior block, so endorphins, which are thought to inhibit the transmission of pain and induce euphoria, are desperately needed. Workout Wednesday is one of the ways we stock up on those endorphins!

Anyway, we’ve had midterms for the last two days, Monday was Pharmacology, Psychiatry and Doctoring, and a Neuroanatomy practical.  Tuesday was written Neuroanatomy, Neurology, and Neuropathology. The first day of midterms was not too bad, but I literally had to pull off a miracle on Monday night to prepare for Tuesday. The week before midterms I spent an inordinate amount of time applying for a scholarship. It took some time away from studying, so I didn’t get a chance to study as much as wanted to in the days leading up to our midterms. However, the meaning and purpose behind this scholarship was so important to me, that I just had to apply. Long story short, lets just say some parts of midterms went well, while others, not so much. But hey, what can I do about that now?

Well, as I was designing today’s workout, I reminded myself that understanding the past is easy, what you change to maximize your potential going forward is the key. One of the positives of struggling through adversity is that you learn from it. Hindsight is 20/20, and you change the way you approach obstacles so you don’t go insane if you get the same results. Thus, today’s workout was  “HINDSIGHT.” (See Details Below). Unfortunately, it was about 102 degrees when the workout was scheduled, so only two people were there-myself included.

Oh by the way, that scholarship I was talking about, I got it :)! I guess Hindsight is 20/20.



(3 Rounds)

  • Double Leg Hops for height (20 Yards)
  • 20 Crunches
  • Alternating Skips for Height (20 Yards)
  • 20 Body Squats
  • Broad Jumps for Distance (20 yards)
  • 20 second Planks or 20 push-ups (modified because my wrist is injured)

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