Morally, when you go to the doctor, you are trusting them. It does not matter whether you are pregnant or going in for a simple check up, you hope they are telling you the truth.
Johns Hopkins failed to adhere to its own standard practice of informing its female patients of the attendant risks of infertility prior to obtaining a signed consent form for cancer treatment from Ms. Lacks.
Imagine a film centered on white institutions like Johns Hopkins and mental health facilities all over America. Harvesting and using black bodies (and cells) with no concern for the black people who supply them. Imagine a film about a black family, told through the eyes of… wait for it… the black family.
Lacks died of cancer 60 years ago, but her cells — taken without her knowledge or consent — are still alive today.
Maggie L. Walker started a newspaper. She was the first country’s first woman to found a bank. She was a humanitarian, a teacher, an icon of her community in 1920s Richmond. Also she was also the daughter of a former slave.
“Many factors and circumstances came into play to initiate Tuskegee’s involvement in the polio vaccine’s development. First and foremost, there was the prevalent racist climate found in this country. This attitude was expounded in the Southeast by Jim Crow discriminatory practices that belittled and held back Black people and made their lives more difficult.”