Removing Henrietta’s cells without her consent seems to be a very rare scenario and this can tell how the medical community mistreats the Black Americans. A woman of black America origin, Rebecca Skloot managed to surface other different stories of maltreatment directed to the African American community. Blacks in America were taken as people with unequal rights even in a situation like this that talked about right to life. She explained horrific experiences on experimentation of African Americans, stories that were enhanced by fear seen in Henrietta’s relatives refusing to visit hospitals even for necessary treatment. In this regard, the paper will give a response to the immortal life of Henrietta Lacks.
That is not paranoia. It is our historical legacy and a present fact…” (P.4 Vanessa Northington Gamble). This means that throughout history people value more of one race compared to the other race, which is sad but true. African Americans living at that time was brainwashed by society that their lives aren’t equal but less worth compared to the White people. Due to the way society worked back then, that influence their relationships with medical profession.
It tells the story of the 54th Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, commanded by Colonel Robert Gould Shaw. It showed how the U.S government was undecided about how to use the African American soldiers, which they intended to use them for manual labor at first. In my opinion the film did exactly what it was intended to do which was informing me of what happened and how things went down. On how the government didn’t really fell as if the blacks were ready to actually fight in a battle. They felt as if they were bad people which were the whole opposite they were fighters and well
They had few triumphs, such as putting an end to school segregation in Massachusetts. Black abolitionists wanted whites to see blacks as equal and fellow human beings, they also made the people who thought white supremacy was a good thing look like complete idiots when they countered them in intellectual arguments. The greatest speech about American freedom and American slavery was presented by Frederick Douglass in 1852, in Rochester, New York. He conveyed that to a slave, the celebration of the Fourth of July proves how hypocritical we are as a nation. We declare our commitment to liberty and yet everyday we perform “practices more shocking and bloody” than any other nation.
He is brought to a doctor by his father, where the doctor gives him medicine and sends him on his way. The film’s success in America meant “Copies were distributed to Australia, Borneo, China, Colombia, Dutch Guiana, Egypt, India, Jamaica...etc” (Rockarch.org) However, the movie was only translated into “Spanish, French, and Portuguese” (Rockarch.org), notably, many of the countries it was sent to speak languages other than the four it was presented in. Unhooking the Hookworm is important because it demonstrates a representative lack of foresight by Western medical professionals in the exportation of their medical techniques abroad. The familiar sights of America lose their context, and the details of the movie are lost when the audience is assumed
John disregards Jane’s feelings and keeps her trapped in a house with no activity. Gilman portrays herself through Jane. She shows how men perceive women. Women do not have a voice and adding a mental illness does not help the case. The “rest cure” is issued to patients with mental health problems and is complete isolation in the 19th century.
As was expected of the time, plantation owner’s had to broadcast certain opinions about people of color. This derogatory view become a standard for the South and other opinions that differed from this were frowned upon. Kate Chopin, in her story Desiree’s Baby describes a letter about Armand’s race, “’But, above all,’ she wrote, ‘night and day, I thank the good God for having so arranged our lives that our dear Armand will never know that his mother, who adores him, belongs to the race that is cursed with the brand of slavery’” (Chopin, 4). Armand was raised white, his father keeping his black mother a secret from the world. We can piece together information to infer that not every person in the South held black people in such a deprecating way.
He also attended medical school at Harvard University, where white students rejected the presence of a black student, and forced him out. The black nationalism of the 1850s, which is expressed in this excerpt from Delany’s address to the convention, grew out of frustration with such prejudice. The new ideas stressed the need for black
One of the many case examples is the Tuskegee syphilis trials that exploited African American men for the use of extensive research purposes. The researchers that were studying untreated syphilis were aware that the African Americans participating in the studied lacked the knowledge to understand what a true clinical study was. They were told that they were receiving free American healthcare, and were not disclosed to the information that they were, in fact, being studied and monitored to find a cure for syphilis. The researchers acted upon the participant’s ignorance to gain insight into syphilis and as stated by Allan Brandt, “When penicillin became widely available in the early 1950’s as the preferred treatment for syphilis, the men did not receive therapy. In fact on several occasions, the USPHS actually sought to prevent treatment”.
Reflection 1 The Secret Life of Henrietta really reflects more than just advancement in the medical society, but also by how societal expectations and norms have changed over a period of time. Henrietta’s cells were taken without her permission’’’ and this wasn’t an uncommon practice during that time. The reason this wasn’t an uncommon practice can be contributed to factors such as race, class, gender, and the actual view of medicinal research at the time. The first factor can be discussed is the idea of being a colored individual. In many medical facilities there was segregation between the white individuals and the colored folk “The public wards at Hopkins…only major hospital for miles that treated black patients” (Skloot, 2010).
Neglect of Black achievements In response to a recent letter titled “Mis-Education of African Americans,” I would like to share with the writer and the readers the story of Dr. Charles Drew. It’s an example of the neglect of Black achievements. Dr. Charles Drew was an African American blood specialist, surgeon, educator, scientist and civil rights advocate. His pioneering work in blood collection, plasma processing and transfusion laid the foundation for modern blood banking. Dr. Drew discovered that when plasma was separated from blood cells and frozen, it could be stored and used to treat patients for a longer period of time compared to whole blood.