Most Blacks Don’t Give Blood, Do You?

Why don’t more blacks donate blood? It’s just one of those hard to get to the root of sort of things. Even though sickle cell disease impacts mostly African Americans, and blood donations are life saving treatments for the disease, most blacks don’t give blood.

WBTV.com reports:

Doctor Jessica Bell, a pediatric hematologist oncologist at Presbyterian Hospital, says blood transfusions help treat the anemia crisis of sickle cell and other complications. According to Dr Bell, some patients “are on chronic transfusion programs to help prevent crisis from returning so it’s absolutely a lifesaving treatment we’re very dependent on.”

Patients with sickle cell disease need blood similar to theirs. Since most patients tend to be African American, they need other African Americans to donate blood. Community workers say they’re having a hard time getting African Americans to give blood.

Sadie Jordan, with Community Health Intervention – A Sickle Cell Agency, said “we have less than one percent of the African American minority community donating blood.”

Maybe the  history of the Tuskegee experiment and other instances where white researchers treated blacks as lab rats  has taken its toll, and made us paranoid of hospitals. There is no way to know for sure. What we do know, however, is that people with sickle cells need other African-Americans to step up to the plate and donate blood. One thing this recession has proved is that we can’t depend on anyone but ourselves. Having said that, it’s probably time to increase blood drives in African-American communities.

 

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9 Responses to Most Blacks Don’t Give Blood, Do You?

  1. Hollywood September 25, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    It’s a interesting hypothesis with the tuskeegee tragedy. Maybe it’s a culture thing. I’ve never known anyone who is black really going out there way to give blood,family or friends.unless its at work then you see blacks,very few will give then. Maybe the precedence was set with blacks with tuskeegee and the aids epidemic. There also really hasn’t been a big push to appeal to people in the black community the importance to give blood. And if that is the case then the alarm should be made.

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  2. AMAZINGGRACE September 25, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    i AM BLACK AND DONATE BLOOD AS MUCH AS I CAN.

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  3. Mz September 26, 2012 at 8:19 am

    I do give blood and was so proud of my youngest son when he told me a couple of days ago that he gave blood @ school :)

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  4. PB Short September 26, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Never will I give anything to the white man…

    When you give or donate your blood or organs, it goes to whitey, to help save their diseased infested life…

    About six years ago, I had a mild heart-attack, caused by being overly excited while celebrating my birthday…

    I taken to the hospital, and inserted into a body machine to regulate my heart-beat…while in this contraption for twenty (24) hours, three difference nurses kept coming into the room with the excuse “What could make a young man have a heart-attack? do you use drugs? well we need to test your blood..”

    Each time they took one (1) quart of blood for a total of four (4) quarts…

    I had to threaten to sue if they came near me again or ask me for any more blood…

    These hospitals will drain your black ass of your blood without your permission…

    Never forget the doctor who invented blood transfusions, and who was denied treatment when he needed one because he was Black…

    These crackers can kiss my pimp’n black ass…

    Never donate your blood or body parts to science when you know it will not be used on your people…

    Arthur Ash is another reason why I would not donate blood, them whites killed him…

    Remember Walter Payton? when he was begging for his life during a press conference stating that he need a kidney transplant or he would die…well he died…

    You can bet your life that none of the good blood will be used to save your life, and you can also bet that if you need a body part, you will be at the of the list with a group label BLACK, meaning that you will never get one as these corporations and government continue to lie to you asking you to donate…

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  5. PB Positive September 26, 2012 at 10:39 am

    I give blood and plasma quarterly. It’s not for me to say where it goes or who it helps. The joy I get is from helping another human being regardless of race, creed or color. I will help anyone if it’s in my power to do so.

    I understand race and racism but I refuse to live my life by it or let it define me as black man.

    Much love.

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  6. PB Positive September 26, 2012 at 10:40 am

    “as a black man”. Typo. Hate that.

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  7. egchicago September 26, 2012 at 10:55 am

    I am Black and I gave whole blood six (6) times in 2011 and 3 times already this year, and have been a regular donor 3 or more times annually for the last 20 years.) It is central to my value system as a 21st century Christian humanist. (I focus on Christ’s humanity, not His divinity.) They say you help, at least, 3 strangers with each donation, perhaps saving their lives. (Hero bonefides.) It is an early health warning system (ie. free healthcare for the uninsured.) It revealed I had suddenly become hypertense. You are autimatically HIV and other STD tested every time. Lastly, brothers, it is really good for you, as the “maleness” risk-factor for coranary desease is elliminated.

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  8. Destitute American September 26, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Actually not everyone can give, even when they are disease-free. My little rolling-collapsing veins made them nix me and they only gave me the cookie so I would stop milling around the mobile trailer.

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  9. Mecca September 26, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    I have been giving blood for years. I am o+ type and my blood is used for newborns. I have been giving exclusively to babies and young children. Sometimes families will reach out and ask and I comply. I try my best to contribute to mankind so please lets not knock the few blacks that do this just because your not comfortable with giving blood. Everything isnt for everyone but please stop disrespecting those that do!

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