Rev. Jesse Jackson joined Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price Tuesday in labeling the death of Thomas Eric Duncan, the United States’ first Ebola patient, as racism.
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.
“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.”
Jackson also repeated the sentiment later that day in a piece 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?”
In response to the comment, state and federal authorities announced that an investigation into the hospital’s practices could take place.
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.”
Similarly, 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.
While the countless fumbles and delayed response from health officials should absolutely be questioned, local residents were hard pressed to follow Price and Jackson’s narrative.
“How is this a race issue? The man lied! He’s a health risk,” Dallas resident Stephanie Nealey Presby said. “Still gave the man antibiotics, so they did render services! As far as how the man is being treated, why don’t his family show some sympathy for the several individuals he came in contact with from 4 DIFFERENT AIRPORTS and in DALLAS COUNTY?!?!?”
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, continue to delegitimize real racial issues.