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The ‘twice as good’ rule for Black leaders brings unfair scrutiny to Danielle Outlaw that Thomas Farley dodged

We have to be twice as good to get half as much.

 That key verse from what I like to call “The Big Book of Black Home Trainin’” came to mind as I watched twin controversies grip the city over the last few weeks. One scandal involved the Black female police commissioner Danielle Outlaw, who along with the mayor and other city leaders botched the haphazard response to the George Floyd protests that unfolded in Philadelphia last summer.  The other involved Health Commissioner Thomas Farley, a white man whose department is the lead agency responsible for bungling a partnership with an unqualified company that was allowed to vaccinate thousands of Philadelphians against a deadly virus until the city severed that partnership.

 In the wake of a scathing City Controller’s report that rightly called out city leadership for using teargas against anti-racism protesters, many entities, including the Inquirer editorial board, called for Danielle Outlaw to resign. But after Thomas Farley’s Health Department oversaw the disastrous deal that gave thousands of doses of vaccine to Philly Fighting COVID, a white company whose leaders do not have advanced health degrees, Farley was not called upon to resign. Instead, his acting deputy, a doctor named Caroline Johnson, was forced to step down for sending emails that gave inside information to Andrei Doroshin of Philly Fighting COVID, including advice on how much to bid for a city contract.

We have to be twice as good to get half as much. 

Photo: Møte med NYC Health Commissioner, Dr.Thomas Farley. By. Helse- og omsorgsdepartementet

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