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When Racism Masquerades as Science | Haitians critical of HIV report

Date: 2 November 2007 21:05:26 GMT

Recommended HLLN Links:
HLLN’s appeal – Counter the new attack on Haiti and Africa that has been launched under the guise of “science”
www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/defamed.html#appeal

Empire State Medical Association Denounces Incomplete Research Claims made by Dr. Gilbert and Dr. Worobey on “HIV Coming from Haiti”
www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/defamed1.html#esma

HLLN Recommended Links on the Origins of Aids/HIV
www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/defamed1.html#origin

Media Bias
www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/defamed1.html#media

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– When Racism Masquerades as Science by Jafrikayit, Nov. 1, 2007
www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/defamed.html#defame

– Haiti defamed, by Phillipe Papillon, Jamaica Gleaner, November 2, 2007
www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/defamed.html#papillon

– Haitians critical of HIV report By ERIKA BERAS, Nov. 1, 2007
www.miamiherald.com/news/americas/v-print/story/292206.html

Link: Watson, nobel winner, retires after racial remarks
(Worobey/Gilbert to go too)
www.nytimes.com/2007/10/25/science/25cnd-watson.html?bl&ex=1193457600&en
=b42c84bd523452d5&ei=5087%0A

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Haiti and AIDS or when Racism Masquerades as Science, by Jafrikayiti,
(www.Jafrikayiti.com), Nov. 1, 2007

www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/defamed.html#defame

The study published by Michael Worobey theorizing that AIDS left Africa for Haiti in the mid 1960-s and then stormed into the U.S. may turn out to be a very positive event both for the advancement of science and for unveiling just how pervasive white supremacist ideologies taint the modern scientific community.

Isn’t it strange that Worobey’s study hit the news the same week that James Watson, the aged Nobel laureate geneticist, allowed his mind to wonder so far as to not stop his mouth from uttering what must have been in his head for so long: “Africans are genetically inferior to Europeans”. While many, including no doubt, fellow racists in the scientific community, jumped in the band wagon condemning Watson, there is little evidence that the white supremacist ideas he expressed are a rarity in this milieu. In fact, as proven by the article below, Watson’s racism is anything but sudden. He was at it as far back as 2000. So, many are certainly faking outrage as they pretend to be shocked by his October 2007 racist remarks:

www.mindfully.org/GE/James-Watson-Racist-Sexist.htm

WATSON IS SLAPPED FOR BEING BAD – BUT WOROBEY PICKS UP THE BATON….

Indeed, to convince themselves of the genetic superiority of their “race”, we have seen many despiccable efforts deployed recently by white scientists from the most reputable schools of disciplines like archeology or computer modeling.

Some have specialized in what I would term “virtual Michaeljacksonism” which is capable of turning the Black grandson of Black Queen Tiye, into a white-skinned boy lost in KMT, the land of OSIRIS – the land of the Blacks.

See for yourself “The amazing transformation of the famous African Pharaoh Tuntankhamun or Virtual Michael Jacksonism at its best!”
www.manuampim.com/2005_update.html

See Queen Tiye (Grandmother of King Tut):
www.homestead.com/wysinger/tiye.html
See OSIRIS (Le Grand Nègre)
www.hieroglyphen-info.de/bilder/goetter/osiris.jpg
and
www.mps.mpg.de/images/projekte/rosetta
/osiris/osiris_xl.jpg

SO WATSON AND WOROBEY ARE NOT ALONE !
Worobey offers a great opportunity for everyone, Haitians in particular, to discover some very important information about the AIDS phenomenon but also about how deep seated racism still eats the hearts of the post-colonial world – including the so-called “scientific community”.

The fact that Worobey has often been called upon to try to quiet down or to discredit the Hooper theory about the (European) man-made origin of AIDS is perhaps not insignificant. In mainstream news reports, for instance, Hooper is often given a couple of lines and then Worobey is called in to dominate the rest of the article.

We also know how white world leaders, including those hiding under the cover of science or humanism, have a tendency to gang up on President Thabo Mbeki when he dares to lend an ear to the scientists who insist that the man-made disease theory, among others, deserve to be taken seriously.

African man of science and humanitarian Dr. Phillip Emeagwali wrote:

Quote:
“Religion is based on faith, while science is based on fact and reason

– and science is neutral to race. Unfortunately, scientists are not neutral to race.

Take, for example, the origin of AIDS, an international disease. According to scientific records, the first person to die from AIDS was a 25-year-old sailor named David Carr, of Manchester, England.

Carr died on August 31, 1959, and because the disease that killed him was then unknown, his tissue samples were saved for future analysis.

The “unknown disease” that killed David Carr was reported in The Lancet on October 29, 1960. On July 7, 1990, The Lancet retested those old tissue samples taken from David Carr and reconfirmed that he had died of AIDS.”

See:
emeagwali.com/speeches/globalization/the-truth-about-globalization/index.html

Quickly, subsequent studies came to discredit this conclusion of a European (British) origin for AIDS.

See: www.aidsorigins.com/content/view/180/53/

Obviously, unlike Britain, Haiti does not have the necessary army of scientists to conduct quick studies to escape the consequences of the stigma associcated with such heavy accusations (CDC’s 4H in the 1980s and now Worobey’s). So, Worobey’s latest storm will almost certainly cause more damage to Haiti than was ever suffered by Britain.

And, as we can see from the way the dominant media outlets treat information, it will be a while before truth and justice prevail in this debate. But, every now and again an honest voice is raised loud enough to remind us not to allow our brains to fall asleep and to remain vigilant. Dr.

Paul Farmer’s is one such voice:
See: AIDS and Accusations: Haiti and the Geography of Blame
www.ucpress.edu/books/sale/pages/2728001.html

Finally, let me offer a quote from Brian Martin in “The burden of proof and the origin of acquired immune deficiency syndrome”
www.uow.edu.au/arts/sts/bmartin/pubs/01ptrslb.html

“There is a distinct difference in the way that different theories about the origin of acquired immune deficiency syndrome have been treated, with the widely supported cut-hunter theory given relatively little scrutiny, while the oral polio vaccine theory has been subject to intense criticism.

This difference in treatment cannot be explained as application of the scientific method. A better explanation is that the burden of proof is put on all contenders to the cut-hunter theory, giving it an unfair advantage, especially given that this assignment of the burden of proof appears to reflect non-scientific factors”.

In Haitian culture we say that “Deceit gallops (ahead) for a hundred years, truth catches up to him in a single day”. Kidonk, galope Worobey, galope !

Jafrikayiti

Ottawa, Canada
November 1, 2007

See also:

AID, AIDS, Experiments, Reparations and Red Herrings…
By Jafrikayiti, June 2001
www.windowsonhaiti.com/jafrik03.shtml

Other voices deserving to be heard, include:

Edward Hooper
www.aidsorigins.com/

Suppressed Science
www.suppressedscience.net/aids.html

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www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20071102/letters/letters5.html

Haiti defamed, by Phillipe Papillon, Jamaica Gleaner, November 2, 2007

The Editor, Sir:

Pure defamation is the only way to describe the article titled ‘Haiti was the launching pad for HIV into the US’. Conscientious and Afrocentric Haitians began arriving in post-colonial Africa in the ‘60s as teachers, doctors and engineers. To conclude that the virus was “most likely” transported to Haiti and later to America is as biased and crooked as a study can get.

The Europeans are more prolific travellers, and their presence in Africa far outdated that of the Haitians. The virus with a greater likelihood could have gone to Belgium, France, England, Canada … and later to America.

To single out Haiti as a vector of the virus into the Americas is an attempt of the European political and medical establishment to hide their dirty works with chimpanzees, and to put the blame on a nation that seems defenceless and isolated. They still can’t get over 1804!

I am, etc.,

PHILLIPE PAPILLON

couleurlokal@yahoo.com

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Haitians critical of HIV report
By ERIKA BERAS, Nov. 1, 2007

www.miamiherald.com/news/americas/v-print/story/292206.html

Alarmed by a recent study that suggests the origin of HIV in the United States was a single Haitian immigrant who came to the U.S. in 1969, The Association of Haitian Physicians Abroad and other Haitian-American leaders called a news conference Thursday in Little Haiti to tell the community not to become alarmed.

‘’We know you are filled with grief and frustration,’’ said Dr. Smith Joseph, president of the Florida chapter of the association, referring to the endless streams of calls and chatter that have filled Haitian radio airwaves since the study was released. ``We are going to consult with various experts to examine the validity of the study.’’ ‘’A couple of decades ago, we had to debunk these myths,’’ he said.

``It’s as if we have stepped back in time.’’

The highly publicized study, released this week in the respected medical journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests HIV went directly from Africa to Haiti, then spread to the United States and the rest of the world starting around 1969.

The findings were based, in part, on blood samples taken from about 20 Haitian patients at Jackson Memorial Hospital from as far back as 1979.

The frozen samples were stored at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, and reanalyzed by the study’s authors, including a researcher at the University of Miami.

‘’The Haitian community is outraged and they have every right to be,’’ said Yolly Roberson, a former nurse who represents District 104 in Florida’s House of Representatives. ``I’m raising my daughter and I want her to be proud to be Haitian. This is not the legacy I want to see perpetuated.’’

Thursday’s news conference was held at Little Haiti’s Jean Jacques Dessalines Community Center. About 30 people were present, including members of the Haitian Lawyers Association and The Haitian Nurses Association.

© 2007 Miami Herald Media Company. All Rights Reserved.

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Forwarded by the Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network
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Univ. of Arizona racist study stigmatizing Haitians
www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/defamed.html#racist

  
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