Enslaved African Americans were more vulnerable than whites to respiratory infections, thanks to poorly constructed slave shacks that admitted winter cold and summer heat. Slaves’ immune systems were unfamiliar with, or naïve to, microbes that caused various pneumonias and tuberculosis. Parasitic infections and abysmal nutrition also undermined blacks’ immunological rigor. Before antibiotics and sterile technique, surgery was an often-fatal affair. Unaware of the connection between bacteria and infection, surgeons operated in their street clothes and with dirty hands in filthy environments, such as the shacks that served as “slave hospitals.” Even minor incisions or injuries could proceed to life-threatening infections with frightening rapidity.
Washington, Harriet A. (2008-01-08). Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present (p. 29). Random House, Inc..
Medical Apartheid was one of the scariest things I’ve ever read(via sadiiqsunra)
Marissa Alexander now faces a 60-year sentence for firing a warning shot into the wall to stop her abusive husband’s attack. Her legal team is working pro bono, but she still owes over $250,000 in legal expenses. The prosecutor, Angela Corey, is the same who couldn’t get a conviction for the murder of Trayvon Martin.
Self-defense against domestic violence does not deserve life in prison.
How the fuck do you go to jail for NOT killing someone oh wait I forgot as a colored person we could be standing fifty yards away from a gun and still get penalized for association because we saw the white person who picked up and shot