Jesse Jackson wonders if Ebola patient's care was slighted because he was black
In America today, there is no such thing as a race-neutral issue. Eventually, everything is defined as white vs black. It's almost like we can't communicate unless someone is being accused of racism.
The case of Ebola patient Thomas Duncan is instructive in this regard. Jesse Jackson and others are raising the issue that if Duncan was white and insured, he would have been treated differently.
Ascribing the incompetence of the Dallas hospital to racism is a stretch. And what of that poor victim of racism, Mr. Duncan? He lied to get into the US, knowingly traveling to this country after being exposed to the virus.
But don't stop Jesse now - he's on a roll:
Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price and the Rev. Jesse Jackson suggested in separate forums Tuesday that Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan may not be getting the best medical treatment possible because he is black and uninsured.
Price’s comments came during a Dallas County Commissioner's Court meeting in which he described what happened to Duncan at the hospital as the "elephant in the room." Price, who is black, said when "people who look like me show up at hospital with no insurance, they're treated differently."
The comment came the same day that Jackson arrived in Dallas at the request of Duncan’s family.
"Thomas deserves the love and the best medical treatment … as has happened for all the other Americans who have contracted this terrible disease," Jackson told FOX 4. "He must be treated as a patient with all the human rights deserved, not as a criminal."
ackson said he believes the hospital has been slow to get Duncan the best medicine and said that Duncan was sent away from the hospital despite having Ebola symptoms “maybe because he didn't have insurance.”
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said he talked to Jackson and heard Price’s comments, but he declined to weigh in on
Duncan’s initial treatment at Texas Health Presbyterian. Now is the time to concentrate on healing Duncan and preventing an Ebola spread — not on assessing blame, Jenkins said.
“I’ve torn off the rearview mirror for now,” he said. “There will be an exhaustive look at this by a variety of sources.”
I wonder how many tens of thousands of dollars that isolation unit costs a day? The late Mr. Duncan will not have to pay for care that could easily top $100,000. Nor will his family be liable for the costly treatment.
It doesn't matter to Rev. Jackson and his racialist co-horts who are looking to piggyback their grievance mongering on another high profile issue. Fundraising must be down this quarter for Jackson to make such a spectacle of himself.