Eugenicist in our time.

This is a response to my blog about Margaret Sanger from the Producer at Nowpublic.

In her responses she refers to the way Black Americans have been unjustly treated, and I know a lot of you out there don't have a problem with that. But if it can happen to them it can happen to you and I wouldn't be surprised if it has already started and continuing.

Not long after the arrival of Africans, brought to the so called New World's shores by Europeans, within a twinkling of an eye in human history, people of African descent were portrayed as less than human. This portrayal resulted in organized campaigns of mistreatment and abuse of people of African descent even into recent history.

In Dr. Washington's book, Medical Apartheid: The Dark History Of Medical Experimentation On Black Americans From Colonial Times To The Present, an in depth study of the treatment of those of African descent in the United States by those within the medical community, from colonial times into modern history, beyond the 1990's, evidence of private and governmental involvement in various forms of medical malfeasance can be alleged. 

In recent history, the Norplant implantation program, in the 1990s, with African American girls in public schools in Baltimore, Maryland representing 95% of those implanted, without the knowledge the device and drug were experimental nor seeking parental consent, underlines the need for vigilance whenever any particular group is singled out for experimentation, especially when efforts to control their reproductive capabilities and their population are deemed necessary.

Also at NowPublic:

Regarding the American Medical Association (AMA) Apology - In addition to the Norplant experiment, the linked article discusses the infamous Tuskegee Experiment, which allowed Black men to continue to be carriers of syphillis, infecting the women in their lives, even after a treatment to cure the disease was discovered more than 20 years earlier.

It was desired to follow them until their deaths, still for comparing their ultimate outcome to that of infected White men. No comparable group of White males were studied using the same criterion.

The Edmonston-Zagreb measles vaccine is discussed, a vaccine given to Latino and African American children in the 1980s after trials in Africa and Brazil revealed high mortality rates for those given the drug. As with the Norplant experiment, parental consent was not sought before administering the vaccine.

The American Medical Association (AMA) issued a formal apology in July 2008, acknowledging discriminatory practices in African Americans, including the initial exclusion of Black physicians from its organization.  


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