Injustice… Or Completely by Accident?
When the nuclear bomb was developed, the world trembled under the notion that the United States had procured what was most likely the most volatile weapon the world had ever seen. Yet, while most give credit to the US as the creators the bomb and fail to recognize the individual scientists, mathematicians, and physicists involved in the Manhattan Project. When a discovery of such magnitude is unveiled, it’s really no surprise that the intricate details are overlooked.
Similarly, when the HeLa cells were discovered and, considering the extreme racism at the time, who would actually take the time to pay heed to a poor black woman? None can doubt the fact that Lacks was basically the progenitor of one of science’s most revolutionary discoveries; but, once again, when such a massive step is taken its difficult to regard many details.
Ultimately, I feel that hospitals’ and doctors’ failure to pay tribute to Henrietta’s family was by accident. I honestly don’t support their indecisiveness in repaying them once they realized their mistake, but I do believe that they were too caught up in the moment. It’s an unfortunate mistake, but, realistically speaking, who doesn’t make mistakes?
I would really like some feedback on this matter. I don’t want to be the only one defending (to a certain extent) the hospitals and doctors!