Wow, so I just learned about the Tuskagee Syphilis Experiment and I can’t believe I’ve never heard of it before.
Essentially what happened was: In Alabama in 1932, scientists researching venereal disease tricked impoverished black men into participating in a study of the progression of untreated syphilis. They were paid off with “free medical care”, free meals and burial insurance and told they were being treated medically by the study, but the scientists actually used them as a control group and withheld penicillin from them. They were not told they had syphilis. The controversy of this experiment lead to the creation of informed consent laws for subjects of research.
The study lasted from 1932 and 1972. 1972!!!!
Want to hear the most depressing quote from the Wikipedia page about this case?
"By the end of the study in 1972, only 74 of the test subjects were alive. Of the original 399 men, 28 had died of syphilis, 100 were dead of related complications, 40 of their wives had been infected and 19 of their children were born with congenital syphilis."
White history is despicable.
If you ever wonder “why don’t black people seem to trust X” (the police, the medical establishment, any group that you think is in your best interests) it is probably because you don’t yet know the stories. But there are stories. Only they don’t teach them in schools.
When are folks gonna learn?
Do we know which Home Depot in Charleston, IL to call to get this piece of shit fired?
1301 Fort Worth Way, Mattoon, IL 61938
WHY ARE NONE OF YOU FUCKERS FLIPPING SHIT?!?
NASA HAS DECLARED PLUTO A PLANET AGAIN
IT HAS MOONS!!!!! IT HAS MOONS!!!!!!!
WHAT. WHAT! PLUTO YOU FUCKING DID IT!
VIVA LA PLUTO, YOU DID IT!!!
OH MY FUCKING GOD NASA DID NOT DECLARE PLUTO A PLANET AGAIN WHY CAN YOU NOT SPEND EVEN A COUPLE MINUTES LOOKING AT THE FUCKING AWESOME FUCKING SCIENCE THAT LED PLUTO NOT TO BE CALLED A NON-DWARF PLANET BECAUSE THERE IS SOME RAD SHIT GOING ON WITH THE KUIPER BELT THAT WAS BEING DISCOVERED BACK WHEN WE WERE KIDS IN 1992.
IF YOU KEEP AGITATING FOR THINGS TO BE THE WAY THEY WERE WHEN YOU WERE A KID IN SPITE OF SCIENCE, YOU’RE JUST LIKE A PERSON WHO BELIEVES THE EARTH WAS CREATED 6000 YEARS AGO BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT SOMEONE TAUGHT THEM IN SCHOOL AND THEY LIKE THE IDEA OF IT BEING TRUE. IT’S COZY. YOU MEMORIZED AN ACRONYM. YOU LIKE THE IDEA OF IT BEING TRUE.
SCIENCE. FUCKING. UPDATES.
SCIENCE. FUCKING. KEEPS. LEARNING.
IF YOU CAN’T LIVE WITH THAT, THEN STOP PRETENDING TO BE A SCIENCE FAN OR A SCIENCE NERD OR A SCIENCE GEEK.
(also have a link and start educating yourselves. That’s to Wikipedia, but if you don’t like Wikipedia, the page has a bunch of related sites & references in the bottom, which is the right way to do research if you’re going to use Wikipedia anyway.)
I won’t preface or clarify any statement I make with “some men” instead of “men”.
It’s too many men, and it’s not enough men, but it’s always men.
I don’t need to explain or justify myself, because those people of quality I hope to reach know and understand who I am talking about. I’m not worried about male readers reading this post and thinking I’m “attacking” them.
If a man follows my blog and wants to educate himself, he will either A.) Understand that he does not personally do those things, but will recognize the importance of the issue, or B.) He’ll realize he has participated in these subtle but sure acts of violence, and will hopefully begin to rethink/change his ways.
I want men to read my blog, but I won’t coddle the privileged. I won’t ignore the problem in hopes of “playing nice” and being a “friendly feminist”.
Note: For the white man who will inevitably ask me how I feel when PoC say “White people” instead of “Some white people”, I say: I feel great about it. Because it is white people.
Speaking out does not equal hate.
Refusing to be attacked does not make one an instigator.
So…like: MRAs, GG, and generally WTAF IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE levels of racism, bias, and anti-anyone not white, straight, cis, able-bodied, class-privileged, and male, in any configuration of privilege thereof, I GET IT even though I totally don’t get it.
And I kind hate that I get it. Because it is a truly horrible thing to look at people who are actually, as they so desperately intone that the world is abandoning them and they are losing their, “Way of life, values, and traditions.” All the while the one thing they refuse to see is that their way of life, values, and traditions, are based on HURTING OTHER PEOPLE. Though it’s really that they don’t actually see other people AS PEOPLE.
These are people who think it’s reasonable to build a society on other people’s backs, to ignore the blood on their own hands, and to wave the cross and flag at people while ignoring the actual principles within those icons. These are people who will cry about their own oppression while existing as a dominant class because they are no longer allowed to legally put people in chains or to beat their wives. These are young people who are left with the legacy of a world that no longer gets out of their way or provides them with the easy route to the lives they feel they are owed and blame everyone else for taking it away from them. The fact that they’ve still got it easier than anyone else and that it is the inevitable collapse of a crooked house that handed them everything on a plate while giving the rest of us a hellish row to hoe, means nothing because they feel we’re undeserving of even that.
I get that it feels like the sky is falling, to them. It is. They just ignore that they’ve never had the right to ownership of that sky, they stole it. They killed, maimed, enslaved, and tortured to do so. They committed genocide, waged war, and raped, to breed out their opposition, co-opted cultures and said, “Convert or die.” They burned us at the stake, made us property, bought and sold us through dowries and on the open market, belittled us, dehumanized us, drove us to suicide, and are still doing some of that, and they cannot see it.
They cannot see that they built empires on the illusion of our worthlessness, and we no longer believe the illusion. They are reaping only collapse, and not at the point of a sword. They cannot see that we are being kind, in the way we disregard them. We are not doing to them what they have done to us, for millennia. Yet they believe it is equivalent.
They perceive our demands to be simply equal, to be human, to be seen, to not live with abuse, as our putting them against a revolutionary wall before a firing squad, or tied to a whipping post, or nailed to a cross.
We are being kind, and they compare us to Hitler.
Because they do not see us as human at all.
I also “get it” probably because of how I was raised. I don’t get not coming out of that bubble into the world, but I guess it’s safe-feeling? I never felt ok in that bubble because, as a woman, it was not a safe or welcoming place for me. But there are other women who take comfort in it for reasons I don’t understand.