October 13, 2014

Duncan Didn’t Die of Racism, He Died of Ebola

According to his family, the Liberian man who died of Ebola in Texas died because of racism. Thomas Eric Duncan’s nephew, Josephus Weeks, told CNN, “He’s the only person that has died from Ebola here in America. He’s a black man. He’s poor, didn’t have insurance.” Weeks continued, “Had that been another name, you know, or another color, he would probably be living today and he would have survived it.” Or… Duncan contacted a disease with a 50% survivability rate. As the virus entered his body, fate loaded three bullets into the revolver and spun the cylinder. Doctors risked their life to save Duncan, and one nurse is now fighting the disease she picked up from caring for her patient. Unfortunately, in this case, the U.S. health care system wasn’t good enough to defeat the odds Ebola dealt. More…

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