Friday, October 1, 2010

USA Apologizes for STD Experiments in Guatemala: It was Not Just Tuskegee, Rev. Wright

O.K., while it's inaccurate to say the American government infected black men and women with syphilis at Tuskegee (failure to treat is horrific enough), it is clearly accurate to say the U.S. "purposely infected" people in Guatemala with STDs in the 1940s. Shameful! And some of us are shocked to discover that some people of color don't trust the USA.

The U.S.A. has apologized to the people of Guatemala.
A statement by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius called the action "reprehensible."

"We deeply regret that it happened, and we apologize to all the individuals who were affected by such abhorrent research practices," the joint statement said. "The conduct exhibited during the study does not represent the values of the United States, or our commitment to human dignity and great respect for the people of Guatemala."
Read more at CNN.

This nation has sins for which recompense is required. So, Rev. Jeremiah Wright was not really that wrong, was he, in the general sense that our government has indulged in unethical practices at the expense of people of color. While Wright mixed facts, it's still true that America has a record of criminal behavior in the area of human rights violations.

If you believe in God, do you think He or She approves of a nation injecting people with sexually transmitted diseases in the name of science? How about lying to patients in an experiment and not treating them even after a cure is discovered? Is it unpatriotic to ask these questions and ask that our nation do better?

By, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton must be experiencing deja vu. Her husband, Bill Clinton, is the president who apologized for the Tuskegee Study.

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