“The NIH-funded experiment, which ran from 1946 to 1948, was uncovered by a Wellesley College medical historian. It apparently was conducted to test if penicillin, then relatively new, could prevent some sexually transmitted infections. The study came up with no useful information and was hidden for decades.”
“Although these events occurred more than 64 years ago, we are outraged that such reprehensible research could have occurred under the guise of public health,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said.
Of course it was reprehensible…but it happened 64 years ago! Has this president secretly appointed an Apology Czar? Is some bespectacled leftist with a pink eyeshade even now combing through yellowing documents of state searching after items for which Obama can publicly repent? Let’s see:
The Guatemalan travesty was discovered by Susan Reverby, a professor of Women’s Studies at Wellesley College. From her Wellesley bio (Emphasis mine):
- Susan M. Reverby received her BS degree from Cornell University in Industrial and Labor Relations with a focus on labor and economic history. Her M.A. is from New York University and her Ph.D. from Boston University in American Studies. She has worked as a community organizer in New York and as a women’s health activist. She was a member of the Legacy Committee on the Tuskegee Syphilis Study that successfully lobbied President Bill Clinton to offer a public apology to the surviving men and their heirs in l997. She has been a fellow at the Bunting/Radcliffe Institute and the W.E.B. DuBois Institute at Harvard twice each.
Hmmm. The Director of the DuBois Institute is Henry Louis Gates, whose arrest in June of 2009 promped the Leader’s impolitic “police acted stupidly” remark. So we have Professor Reverby, an activist, a community organizer (like Obama), an academic who belongs to an academic society (chaired by an Obama crony), uncovering 64-year old research, which the Obama administration immediately hands to the media and for which it abjectly and publicly apologizes, thereby denigrating pre-Obama America while implicitly praising the current management. Very neatly done, by a suspiciously incestuous circle of progressives.