By Brian Anderson
October 7, 2014
If you were worried that Jesse Jackson wasn’t going to make the Dallas Ebola scare about race, rest easy. The noted race hustler showed up in Texas today to make accusations that classism and racism are responsible for the perceived sub-par medical treatment Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan is receiving.
The hustle started as soon as Jackson landed in Dallas According to Reuters:
Jackson said the hospital initially discharged Duncan because he was poor and did not have medical insurance.
This is the preposterous notion that I reported on yesterday in which black people believe racism is so bad in this country that white people will put a man with a deadly infectious disease out on the street just because of the color of his skin.
Jackson was just getting warmed up. He met with Duncan’s family and made more racial charges against the hospital and the medical community in general. ABC reports:
“He got sick, went to the hospital,” Jackson said. “He didn’t have insurance in Africa, and they turned him away. So they sent him back into the community with a contagious disease, and for that there must be some liability.”
Does some of that liability rest with Duncan who lied his way into the country or failed to mention to doctors that he had been exposed to Ebola and had recently been in the Ebola hot zone of Liberia?
Jackson explained that Duncan’s family — who traveled to Texas from North Carolina — also has concerns about the patient’s access to medicine. Doctors said the experimental drug recently used to treat two American health care workers who contracted the Ebola virus in Liberia is no longer available. Doctors have been treating Duncan with a different investigational drug since Saturday.
“They are saying no more doses,” Jackson said. “That seems strange to only have only enough medicine for two patients in the whole country.”
Must be racism, right Jesse? I mean, two white people got to try an experimental drug and a black man can’t have it. Maybe there isn’t an endless supply of an experimental drug for disease the only recently became an issue for the US. Perhaps doctors ran out and are scrambling to make more. Naw, it’s totally because of racism. Those evil white doctors are sitting on a miracle cure that will only be used on other white people.
Jackson also implied that Duncan’s treatment was less than it could because doctors look at all black people as thugs and lawbreakers. CBS captured this gem:
“He must be treated as a patient — with all the human rights preserved — not as a criminal,” Jackson stated. Duncan’s family believes that he may have been medically mishandled by the hospital after he was originally sent home by staffers.
To recap: Jackson says Duncan was initially denied medical treatment because he’s poor and black, Duncan has been given substandard treatment while white people get better care, and doctors are treating Duncan like a criminal, also presumably because he’s black and poor.
I’ve written that the Jackson is slipping in his old age, but this magician of race still has a few tricks up his sleeve. Once again he’s managed to find racism where it doesn’t exist, staving off irrelevancy for at least a moment or two.