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Rev. Jesse Jackson: Ebola Patient Zero’s Death Due to Racism

Death by “Lack of Privilege”: Jackson Suggests that Ebola Patient Zero’s Death is Due to Racism

jesse-jackson-race-card-ebo rev. jesse jackson: ebola patient zero's death due to racism Rev. Jesse Jackson: Ebola Patient Zero’s Death Due to Racism jesse jackson race card eboRev. Jesse Jackson joined Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price in labeling the death of Thomas Eric Duncan, the United States’ first Ebola patient, as “racism.”  While it is true that the countless fumbles and delayed response on the part of health officials should absolutely be questioned, the local residents living next to patient zero’s house, were pressed real hard to follow Price and Jesse Jackson’s narrative.  But for anybody with a bit of persepective, it’s difficult to see how this can be considered as a race issue.  According to Price, who first made the accusation to reporters earlier this week, the first dismissal of Duncan from the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital was due to racism and lack of “privilege,” not error by medical staff. [1]  “It is historical what has happened in this community,” Price said. “If a person who looks like me shows up without any insurance, they don’t get the same treatment.”   [2] The family of Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan are venting their outrage that the late Liberian may not have received the same quality of care leading up to his death Wednesday morning as the other patients treated in the U.S. for the dreaded virus.  ‘No one has died of Ebola in the U.S. before. This is the first time,’ Duncan’s furious nephew Joe Weeks told ABC.  [3] Weeks and others in Duncan’s family are calling his treatment ‘unfair,’ after seeing other patients pulled from the brink of death in government-funded evacuation planes and using life-saving blood transfusions and cutting edge drugs.  Five US citizens have been diagnosed with Ebola and three of them have beaten it. NBC News cameraman Ashoka Mukpo, the latest American victim, arrived at the infectious disease ward at the University of Nebraska Medical Center this week for treatment. A fourth victim, a World Health Organization doctor, is being treated in Atlanta.

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The anger from Duncan’s family also stems from what happened before Duncan was seen by doctors but after he fell ill. They refer to the fact that when the Liberian was initially turned sent home by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital – the same hospital that later admitted him. ‘What if they had taken him right away? And what if they had been able to get treatment to him earlier,’ said Dallas pastor George Mason, a confidante of the family’s, according to a CNN report. [4]  Rev. Jesse Jackson  later came back to the charge that day in a piece he wrote for The Huffington Post, arguing that Duncan was treated more as a criminal rather than a patient.  “Duncan has a foreign accent, black skin, and no health insurance,” Jackson wrote. “From a theological perspective, Thomas Eric Duncan is one of our brothers described by Jesus as the ‘least of these.’ What role did his lack of privilege play in the treatment he received?”  [5] He went even further saying:

The use of ZMapp raises the question of privilege. Is it only those with better connections to positions of power who will get a fighting chance to receive this experimental drug? [6]

Speaking to MailOnline, Rev Jackson claimed that the treatment Duncan received contributed to his sad end.  He questioned whether there was really no more ZMapp left and why Duncan has received a drug that had never been tested on Ebola patients before, instead.  ‘All I do know is that Mr Duncan received late treatment and not the best drug. They say that there is no more ZMapp. It’s hard for me to believe that there’s only enough ZMapp to treat two people in all of America.  In response to the comment made by Rev. Jesse Jackson, state and federal authorities announced that an investigation into the hospital’s practices could take place.  [7]

“Whether you are white in Atlanta or whether you are white in Nebraska or black in Dallas — we know there’s different treatment among blacks in this country.” [8]

Speaking with CBS Dallas, Texas Health Resources spokesperson Candace White staunchly denied the claim.  “Duncan was treated the way any other patient would have been treated, regardless of nationality or ability to pay for care,” she said. “We have a long history of treating a multicultural community in this area.”  [9]

The Ironical Term “Obola” Used in Recent Viral Meme is “Racist”

obola rev. jesse jackson: ebola patient zero's death due to racism Rev. Jesse Jackson: Ebola Patient Zero’s Death Due to Racism obolaSimilarly, liberal journalists have now begun to claim that the term “#Obola,” a viral meme used to point out the President’s failed response to the virus, is racist as well.  “The attempt to diffuse any criticism of Obama by playing the race card is by no means a new phenomenon, and has been utilized innumerable times over the years to demonize opposing voices,” notes Infowars’ Paul Joseph Watson.  [10]  In an article for the Verge entitled Ebola panic is getting pretty racist, feminist journalist Arielle Duhaime-Ross blames Dinesh D’Souza and Michael Savage for popularizing the hashtag #Obola as a “racist xenophobic….banner to rally around,” despite the fact that the meme patently represents a witty encapsulation of what many see as the federal government’s botched response to the Ebola outbreak and the failure to block flights from West Africa in the name of political correctness.  Duhaime-Ross argues that “white privilege….is floating to the surface” in the aftermath of the Ebola outbreak, a theme mimicked by Rev. Jesse Jackson who this week blamed “white privilege” for Ebola victim Thomas Duncan not getting the treatment he needed.  Vox’s Dylan Matthews also accuses Dinesh D’Souza of taking on a “conspiratorial, hyperbolic tone” after the conservative activist asked his Twitter followers, “Which is worse: EBOLA, the disease; or OBOLA, the dream from his father?” [11] While the treatment of the black community, most notably by the government, should be taken into consideration in certain scenarios, Jesse Jackson’s history of absurd racial comments, including the claim that a black man is not a true black man if he votes against Obamacare, [12] continue to delegitimize real racial issues.

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[1] John Wiley Price Suggests Race A Factor In Dallas Ebola Case, CBSlocal.com,  October 7, 2014 5:55 PM
[2] John Wiley Price Suggests Race A Factor In Dallas Ebola Case, CBSlocal.com,  October 7, 2014 5:55 PM
[3] Jesse Jackson Meets With Ebola Patient’s Family, ABC News, Oct 7, 2014, 6:45 PM ET; Associated Press, Jesse Jackson meets with Ebola patient’s family, MailOnline,  18:12 GMT, 7 October 2014
[4] Elizabeth Cohen, Dallas Ebola patient waited nearly a week for experimental drug; family claims bias, CNN, 7:47 PM EDT, Tue October 7, 2014
[5] Rev. Jessee Jackson, Grace Ji-Sun Kim,  Ebola Outbreak and Outcry: Saving Thomas Eric Duncan, Huffington Post, 10/07/2014 2:31 pm EDT
[6] Rev. Jessee Jackson, Grace Ji-Sun Kim,  Ebola Outbreak and Outcry: Saving Thomas Eric Duncan, Huffington Post, 10/07/2014 2:31 pm EDT
[8] David Schechter, Jesse Jackson questions level of care for Ebola patient, WFAA, 2:43 a.m. CDT October 8, 2014;  Jim Hoft, Jesse Jackson Blames Racism for Ebola Patient’s Death , The Gateway Pundit, October 11, 2014, 9:26 AM
[9] John Wiley Price Suggests Race A Factor In Dallas Ebola Case, CBSlocal.com,  October 7, 2014 5:55 PM
[10] Paul Joseph Watson, Libs Claim Using the Term “Obola” is Racist, Infowars, October 9, 2014
[11] Paul Joseph Watson, Libs Claim Using the Term “Obola” is Racist, Infowars, October 9, 2014

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