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David Swerdlick: Racism May Have Played Into Dallas Ebola Case

Monday, 13 Oct 2014 05:43 PM

The jury isn't in on whether racism played a part in a Dallas hospital's initial turning away of Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan — but it’s a distinct possibility, according to David Swerdlick, a contributing editor at the African American news blog TheRoot.com.

"Based on the circumstantial facts of this case, there are people in the health profession who believe … if Thomas Duncan had possibly been white or if he had been insured, he wouldn't have been turned away," Swerdlick said Monday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"The reason they're asking these questions is not because they got a smoking gun.

"It's because they want to know why someone who presented with these symptoms from a West African country, in the middle of an outbreak, was sent home and told to take care of themselves with some basic meds and basic instructions."

Duncan's family has alleged the hospital's motive was "racially motivated." Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital denies race was involved.

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The jury isn't in on whether racism played a part in a Dallas hospital's initial turning away of Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan — but it’s a distinct possibility, according to David Swerdlick, a contributing editor at the African American news blog TheRoot.com.
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