Shortly before news broke that the first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. died Wednesday, Rev. Jesse Jackson decided to play the race card in a piece he published in The Huffington Post.
Rev. Jackson whined and opined about the decision because of his claim that only those with "privilege" get access to the latest treatments.
He argued that the two American missionaries who worked to fight Ebola in West Africa only got treatment because they were white, without looking at the basis of merit:
"The two American missionaries who contracted Ebola in West Africa were given access to an experimental drug cocktail called ZMapp. The drug has immune-boosting monoclonal antibodies that were extracted from mice exposed to Ebola DNA. This drug is not provided for the thousands of Africans who have the Ebola virus, including those who have died and might have been saved if given the experimental drug.Duncan is not being treated with the medication.
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?When Thomas Eric Duncan first became sick and went to the hospital, he was treated with antibiotics and sent home."
Further evidence shows that it wasn't privilege that got the two missionaries treatment- it was Rev. Franklin Graham's generosity that paid for the two missionaries' treatment in return for their hard work.
Why didn't Rev. Jackson pay for Duncan's treatment?
Records show that Rev. Jackson isn't hurting financially, even though he claims that his critics are sucking him dry. Yet in the same breath, Rev. Jackson describes Duncan as a "brother" of Jesus:
"Duncan has a foreign accent, black skin, and no health insurance. 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? He is being treated as a criminal rather than as a patient."