The Tuskegee Syphilis Study has been widely condemned as an example of American racism — and Leftists love it for that reason. It enables them to be “holier than thou”. THEY would never do such an evil thing! It is usually portrayed as the U.S. government infecting black men with syphilis.
The truth is nothing of the sort, of course. The key fact that nobody seems to notice is that the study lasted for 40 years. 40 years? Shouldn’t the men have died long before that? Once you ask that question, the truth begins to come out. The men recruited for the study ALREADY HAD tertiary syphilis. And in the tertiary stage the disease has usually been naturally “beaten” in some way. In other words, most such patients are no longer ill and live on rather as if they had never been infected. THAT intriguing fact was what sparked the study. It was an attempt to get more information about the life history of tertiary syphilitics. Richard Shweder has all the details.
And the amusing thing is that the study was founded and carried out by “progressives”. “Progressivism” was overwhelmingly dominant in pre-war America. And it wasn’t even a government study initially. It was started by a private charity funded by the former chairman of Sears Roebuck, a Progressive Jew named Julius Rosenwald. A small excerpt from Wikipedia:
Julius Rosenwald, an American clothier, became part-owner ofSears, Roebuck and Company in 1895, and eventually served as its president from 1908 to 1922, and chairman of its Board of Directors until his death in 1932.He became interested in social issues, especially education for African Americans, and provided funding through Dr. Booker T. Washington of the Tuskegee Institute, a historically black college (HBCU), prior to founding the fund….
The Rosenwald Fund was also one of the original backers of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study. With support from the Rosenwald Fund, an ambitious program had begun to improve the health of African Americans in US southern states in 1928. Emphasis was on treating people with syphilis, then found at a high rate in poor African-American communities.
I am pointing that out in the hope that it will take one of the Leftists’ toys away from them. Where other facts fail to penetrate their prejudiced brains, perhaps the fact that the study was the work of a “progressive” Jewish philanthropist might cause them to lose their erections.
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