I AM AMUSED AT WHITE FOLKS AND BLACK FOLKS WHO TALK ABOUT "HEALING AND RECONCILIATION," YET DO NOT WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE WHITE AMERICAN RACISM AS THE SOURCE OF THE HEALING AND THE RECONCILIATION "PROBLEM."
I refer them to this quote from Malcolm X--"If you stick a knife in my back 9 inches and pull it out 6 inches, that's not progress. Progress is healing the wound that the knife blade made. They haven't even pulled the knife out much less heal the wound. They won't even admit that the knife is there or how the knife got there." -Malcolm X.
HOW CAN YOU WORK TO ELIMINATE RACISM WHEN YOU WILL NOT ADMIT RACISM IS THERE?
JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF MEDICAL RACISM!!! ...FINALLY!... FINALLY!!... FINALLY, SOME JUSTICE!!! THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY ABSOLUTELY KNEW WHAT THEY WERE DOING TO MRS. LACKS AND HER FAMILY.
The estate of Henrietta Lacks sued a biotechnology company on Monday, accusing it of selling cells that doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital took from the Black woman in 1951 without her knowledge or consent as part of "a racially unjust medical system."
The estate's federal lawsuit says Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., of Waltham, Massachusetts, knowingly mass produced and sold tissue that was taken from Lacks by doctors at the hospital.
The HeLa cells ---which comes from the first two initials of HEnrietta LAcks name---were taken from the woman's tumor before she died of cervical cancer. Her cells became the first human cells to be successfully cloned and have been reproduced infinitely ever since. They have used in countless scientific and medical innovations including the development of the polio vaccine and gene mapping.
Lacks' cells were harvested and developed long before the advent of consent procedures used in medicine and scientific research today, but lawyers for the family say the company has continued to commercialize the results well after the origins of the HeLa cell line became well known.
"Thermo Fisher Scientific has known that HeLa cells were stolen from Ms. Lacks and chose to use her body for profit anyway," the lawsuit says.
Among the lawyers for the family's estate is Ben Crump, a Florida-based civil rights attorney. Crump rose to national prominence in recent years for representing the families of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd -- Black people whose deaths at the hands of police and vigilantes helped revitalize a national movement toward police reform and racial justice.
"We want to make sure that the family voice is finally heard after 70 years of being ignored," Crump told CBSN on Monday. "The American pharmaceutical corporations have a shameful history of profiting off the research of using and exploiting Black people and their illnesses and their bodies."
The lawsuit asks the court in Baltimore to order Thermo Fisher Scientific to "disgorge the full amount of its net profits obtained by commercializing the HeLa cell line to the Estate of Henrietta Lacks." It also seeks an order permanently enjoining Thermo Fisher Scientific from using the HeLa cell line without the estate's permission.
On its website, the company says it generates approximately $35 billion in annual revenue. A company spokesman reached didn't immediately comment on the lawsuit.
HeLa cells were discovered to have unique properties. While most cell samples died shortly after being removed from the body, her cells survived and thrived in laboratories. This exceptional quality made it possible to cultivate her cells indefinitely - they became known as the first immortalized human cell line - making it possible for scientists anywhere to reproduce studies using identical cells.
Over the past several decades, this cell line has contributed to many medical breakthroughs, from research on the effects of zero gravity in outer space and the development of the polio vaccine, to the study of leukemia, the AIDS virus and cancer worldwide.
The remarkable science involved - and the impact on the Lacks family, some of whom suffered from chronic illnesses without health insurance - have been documented in a bestselling book, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." Oprah Winfrey portrayed her daughter in an HBO movie about the story. The lawsuit was filed exactly 70 years after the day she died, on Oct. 4, 1951.
A group of white doctors at Johns Hopkins in the 1950s preyed on Black women with cervical cancer, cutting away tissue samples from their patients' cervixes without their patients' knowledge or consent, the lawsuit says.
"The exploitation of Henrietta Lacks represents the unfortunately common struggle experienced by Black people throughout history," the suit says. "Indeed, Black suffering has fueled innumerable medical progress and profit, without just compensation or recognition. Various studies, both documented and undocumented, have thrived off the dehumanization of Black people."
Johns Hopkins Medicine says it reviewed its interactions with Lacks and her family over more than 50 years after the 2010 publication Rebecca Skloot's book. It says it "has never sold or profited from the discovery or distribution of HeLa cells and does not own the rights to the HeLa cell line," but it has acknowledged an ethical responsibility.
"At several points across those decades, we found that Johns Hopkins could have - and should have - done more to inform and work with members of Henrietta Lacks' family out of respect for them, their privacy and their personal interests," Johns Hopkins Medicine says on its website.
HENRIETTA LACKS WAS A MEDICAL LAB RAT...A BLACK MEDICAL LAB RAT.
Jon Gruden proves what a lot of Black folks knew and have known, period…White Racism will surface ANYTHIME, ANYPLACE, ANYWHERE.
A brief excerpt from my book...
Chapter 10—Dr. Arnett E. Girardeau--"Unless WE Tell It...It Never Gets Told!"
"In 1964, St. Augustine Civil Rights Activist Dr. Robert Hayling, a leader of the St. Augustine Civil Rights Movement and a fellow dentist and friend of Dr. Girardeau, was viciously beaten by the Ku Klux Klan. Fearful of the treatment or lack thereof that he might receive in St. Augustine’s hospitals because of his civil rights activities, friends saw to it that Hayling was taken to Brewster Hospital—a segregated but not segregating Black hospital in Jacksonville—in a funeral hearse provided by Leo Chase, a Black funeral director in St. Augustine. Hayling received emergency medical treatment by Black doctors at the hospital, which saved his life. Those Black doctors also maintained their professional medical care of Dr. Hayling until he was healthy enough to return home, and Dr. Girardeau provided extensive oral surgery, which Dr. Hayling also said saved his life. All medical and dental care was provided to Dr. Hayling at no cost."
Dr. Hayling was inducted in the Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame in 2014; Dr. Girardeau was inducted in the Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame in 2017.
Picture-Dr. Arnett E. Girardeau and Dr. Robert Hayling. TWO CIVIL RIGHTS LEGENDS.
WHITE AMERICAN PRIVILEGE...WHITE AMERICAN ARROGANCE...WHITE AMERICA GALL..WHITE AMERICAN DISRESPECT...ALL COMPONENTS OF WHITE AMERICAN RACISM. ON that note, Racist Republicants in the White American Racist state of Alabama have decided, instead of using the Covid stimulus money sent to their state to help with problems and circumstances related to Covid, and to help the well-being of their citizens, to use the Covid stimulus money to BUILD PRISONS. WHITE AMERIKKKA. NOTHING HAS CHANGED.
Let me get this straight America---
You Terrorize and Enslave an entire race of people who Look Like Me based on the Color of Our Skin...
You ban Us from citizen privileges for the next 100 years...
You fill 2/3 of your prison cells with those who Look Like Me based on the Color of Our Skin.
And You are angry, When We Do Not applaud Your Incomplete, Dishonest, And Racist American History.
The Struggle Continues!
BLACKS FIGHTING AGAINST WHITE AMERICAN RACISM IS NOT A NEW CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT NEVER ENDED.
Blacks fighting for human dignity and respect today is Not New. There is no difference in Blacks fighting for THEIR Human Dignity and Respect today and how they fought during the days of the American Christian Holocaust called Slavery. The Civil Rights Movement of the Forties, Fifties, and Sixties and decades before, was an extension of the fight. And the fight today is an extension of the Same Fight--Different Time--Different Day.
Martin Luther King and John Lewis and Thurgood Marshall and Ella Baker and Medgar Evers and A. Philip Randolph and Ruby Hurley and Daisy Bates and Malcolm X, and Rutledge Pearson...extensive list...fought the same fight that Ida Wells-Barnett and James Weldon Johnson and Walter White and William Trotter and W.E.B.DuBois and Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass and Richard Allen and Denmark Vesey...extensive list...fought.
Young people today are fighting the same fight thousands before them fought. Being enslaved and kept in chains is the history of America. Lynching Blacks is the history of America. Racism is the history of America. Being judged by the color of your skin is the history of America. Being denied the right to vote is the history of America. Being denied Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness as a Black person is the history of America. Fighting a Racist in presidential clothing who sat in the White House is the history of America.
Blacks fighting for Freedoms- Freedoms, which should have been guaranteed in the Constitution, is the history of America. That has not changed. The fight FOR Civil Rights IS the fight AGAINST The American Institution of Racism. The day is different ...the names are different...but the issues are the same and the skin color is the same; and in the final analysis, THE STRUGGLE is the Same. And THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES.
So White racists in America, are preparing to hold another Racist rally on September 18, 2021, and again with the treasonous Racist Loser former president, to "protest" the arrest of racists who tried to overthrow America to allow said racist former president to remain in office.
All of this happened because White racist supporters of said racist former president are upset because the descendants of enslaved persons voted in droves to defeat said racist former president.
AMERIKKKA-a country founded on CHRISTIAN WHITE AMERICAN RACISM shows its Racist Stripes EVERY DAY.
Rodney. L. Hurst, Sr.