The nephew of Thomas Eric Duncan believes race played a factor in the death of his uncle, and to nobody’s surprise Jesse Jackson expressed his approval of the theory.
Josephus Weeks told MSNBC host Ronan Farrow that he believes the hospital that treated Duncan had him sent home originally because he was “a poor black man” with a West African accent.
Jackson agreed, saying Duncan was turned away because the concept of “anti-immigrant, anti-refugee, anti-black” is “real in our country.”
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FARROW: Why do you think your uncle was turned away from the hospital initially?
NEPHEW: I mean, again, he didn’t have insurance. And he’s a poor black man. he had a very deep accent coming from west Africa And I believe they didn’t believe he deserved the care that, you know, everybody else should get, you don’t treat people like that.
FARROW: You just heard the family say they think there was a discrimination piece to this. do you think this is about discrimination against immigrants, poor people?
JACKSON: It’s a fact there’s an anti-immigrant, anti-refugee, anti-black, is very real in our country.
Politico reported however, that the reason Duncan was directed to return home was due to a computer software issue.
All that’s known definitively is that an intake nurse’s notation that Duncan had recently been in Africa — which should have set off alarms leading to his medical isolation— was somehow ignored. He was sent home and may have exposed up to 18 people before being readmitted two days later.
The medical community’s readiness to accept the hospital’s first account, of a flawed electronic health record, displayed the level of unhappiness with the $30 billion federal program to transform the way America’s medical system records and shares patient information.
That software was designed by Epic Systems, a company run by Obama appointee Judith Faulkner, whose attempts to establish a monopoly amongst hospital systems has led to doctor complaints that the software disrupts information exchange.
If an Obama appointee designed the computer systems that led Duncan to be sent home initially, does that make him the racist?