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Hillary Clinton Hospitalized After Exam Finds Blood Clot

AP, U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT (USA)

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WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was admitted to a New York hospital on Sunday, after the discovery of a blood clot stemming from a concussion she suffered earlier this month, reports the AP.

#SecClinton is being treated for a blood clot stemming from a concussion sustained several weeks ago. go.usa.gov/gMaQ

— StateDept (@StateDept) December 31, 2012

“In the course of a follow-up exam today, Secretary Clinton's doctors discovered a blood clot had formed, stemming from the concussion she sustained several weeks ago. She is being treated with anti-coagulants and is at New York Presbyterian Hospital so that they can monitor the medication over the next 48 hours,” said the State Department on Sunday.

“Her doctors will continue to assess her condition, including other issues associated with her concussion. They will determine if any further action is required.”

Clinton suffered a concussion in mid-December, after she fell at home, where she was recovering from a stomach virus.

“The seriousness of a blood clot "depends on where it is," Dr. Gholam Motamedi, a neurologist at Georgetown University Medical Center who was not involved in Clinton's care, ” told the AP.

Clots in the legs are a common risk after someone has been bedridden and are treated with six months of blood thinners to allow them to dissolve on their own and to prevent further clots from forming, he said.

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The Colonial Spirit And "Soft Racism" Of White Savior Syndrome

Tracing back to Christian colonialism, which was supposed to somehow "civilize" and save the souls of native people, White Savior Syndrome lives on in modern times: from Mother Teresa to Princess Diana and the current First Lady of Colombia, Verónica Alcocer.

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Good intentions are part of the formula

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Sher Herrera

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CARTAGENA — The White Savior Syndrome is a social practice that exploits or economically, politically, symbolically takes advantage of individuals or communities they've racialized, perceiving them as in need of being saved and thus forever indebted and grateful to the white savior.

Although this racist phenomenon has gained more visibility and sparked public debate with the rise of social media, it is actually as old as European colonization itself. It's important to remember that one of Europe's main justifications for subjugating, pillaging and enslaving African and American territories was to bring "civilization and save their souls" through "missions."

Even today, many white supremacists hold onto these ideas. In other words, they believe that we still owe them something.

This white savior phenomenon is a legacy of Christian colonialism, and among its notable figures, we can highlight Saint Peter Claver, known as "the slave of the slaves," Bartolomé de Las Casas, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Princess Diana herself, and even the First Lady of Colombia, Verónica Alcocer.

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