Okay, time to get serious about stopping the repetition of this damn myth that the U.S. government infected black men with syphilis. (Truth is, contracting VD is one aspect of life where black folks never needed government assistance.)
Anyone who doesn’t bother to get historical facts right isn’t entitled to be taken seriously in the public discourse.
On MSNBC’s “Hardball” today, it was Ed Gordon. He responded to Roger Simon’s condemnation of Jeremiah Wright’s suggestion that the government invented the AIDS virus as a genocidal weapon.
Gordon said that this suggestion is “not so far-fetched” when you consider that “the government was giving syphilis to black men.”
Likewise, on CNN last Friday night, Roland Martin said: “I was watching another channel where they played a sermon where [Rev. Wright] said that America infected African-American men with syphilis, called the Tuskegee Experiment. That actually did, indeed, happen.”
No. It. Did. Not.
And the only reason Ed Gordon and Roland Martin didn’t get their face broke on national television is because Chris Matthews, Anderson Cooper and white people in general are more ignorant about black history than they are.