Racism to be treated

by rorych on October 28, 2014 - 8:25pm

          The article, “Has Ebola exposed a strain of racism?” by Hannah Kozlowska published in the New York Times on October 21st discusses how Ebola might have brought various racist attitudes in care systems, medias, politics etc. To support her idea, the author uses Thomas Erica Duncan’s situation, a black man who contracted Ebola and has been refused from a hospital. However, through the articles many experts gave their opinions about racism being an issue in the medical field. Some of them have explained how it was obvious that black people were taken care of differently than white people, but the majority is too afraid to discuss that particular subject. Many cases have exposed that non-white people have been recently refused from college applications or sent back to their original country. The decisions were based on if their home country was actually known for Ebola.          

          I obviously agree that racist attitudes have been seen in different fields, not only am I talking about Ebola, but other cases that have been recently going on in the United Stated and Canada as well. I believe that people are over exaggerating, but I also understand why they are so repulsively protective; they are trying to take precautions. However, I do not support it and think that it is not right. People’s lives are at sake. It is not fair that doctors get to play the honest and good men with their denial masks on while people are being blame for things they may not even be related to at all. Their denying selves will only worsen the case, which is already is. As we have discussed in my class recently, there is a lot of racism going in medical care systems, which people are not enough aware of because most of the doctors are not comfortable talking about or either deny it directly. The article was well supported by disgraceful and quite surprising past events. It shows how far can racism go. Although, the article was interesting, I felt bombarded by so many experts’ names that I could not follow through. A small amount of experts would have been just enough to justify the author’s point. I believe that using these procedures will only affect the institutions and harm the reputation of non-racist acts.A disease can be contracted by anyone of any color. It is a shame that people have been profiling diseases according to race. 


Your post was really interesting to read. Plus, the issue related to the epidemic of Ebola is a very interesting topic, which is popular since the past months. Indeed, it is atrocious to hear that some students in the United States could be refused from college application of even sent back to their home country due to the fact that their country is known to possess the epidemic of Ebola. As you said, anyone can have the virus of Ebola. Africans are not more likely to get it than Europeans, Americans or Asians. Such decisions are making no sense and are truly racists since people are refused or ejected from the country due to the identity of their home country.

Although, it is comprehensible to notice a huge reinforcement in precautions since countries such the United States and Canada do not want to face a deadly disease like Ebola. Your post made me think of an important soccer event that was supposed to occur in Morocco in January, but has been changed to Equatorial Guinea because the Moroccan soccer federation did not want to face the big amount of tourists that would come from everywhere in Africa. The soccer event in question is the African Cup, which represents the sixteen best African countries. Knowing that the epidemic of Ebola was growing very fast in certain African countries and that millions of individuals from anywhere in Africa would come to this important competition, they decided to give up the organization of this event in order to avoid the arrival of Ebola in Morocco. This is another example of people that are very ‘’repulsively protective’’. In my opinion, in this case, the Moroccan government took a secure and understandable decision.

Here is a link where you can learn about the Moroccan decision according to the African Cup:

Claude-H D.

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