Ebola and American Racism

"It's really interesting how when Ebola was common in Africa, nobody cared about it, but now that it's common in white countries, there is a vaccine and a cure." The student who said this to me is a good student.  He is intelligent, hard-working, courteous, and curious about the world.  We were conversing on an American university campus in mid-October 2014, during the worst Ebola outbreak in history.  I responded to this student, "Ebola has never been common in Africa.  The death toll is in the thousands, not the millions.  Ebola is not common in white countries.  There is no vaccine.  There is no cure.  There are lots of incurable diseases that strike lots of white people." I despair at how American racism distorts discussion of a health crisis and cripples competent response to that crisis.  The American racism I'm talking about is exemplified by my student's fallacious beliefs.  Here are...(Read Full Article)

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