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20 Nov, 7 tweets, 5 min read
Trigger alert 🚨: Hard to stomach but this hits so hard I want to face it. Segregation of Blood🩸by color of skin went on until 1972 & the “1-drop rule” persisted until 1983 in my home state of LA. 😩 👀 labels.
I pledge to fight #racism & lift each person.

#medtwitter #MedEd
1/ Dr. Charles Drew, an African-American surgeon & father of blood banking, perfected techniques that saved countless lives. Yet he was prohibited from donating blood himself over “fear” of his black blood. Read #2 w/ ✍🏻
#MedTwitter #MedStudentTwitter
2/ Dr. Drew ✍🏻 this letter of protest because he wasn’t being allowed to🩸: “I think the Army made a grievous mistake, a stupid error in first issuing an order to the effect that blood for the Army should not be received from Negroes. My 3 reasons are...”
3/ Dr. Drew’s letter (cont)...📖
“The army not allowing blacks to donate blood was a bad mistake for 3 reasons:
(1) No official department of the Federal Government should willfully humiliate its citizens
(2) There is no scientific basis for the order
(3) They need the blood.”
My 🤔 💭 to this fine soul: “Dr. Drew, I am in awe of your brilliance, love of mankind & bravery. I pray that I can have an ounce of your #laxwisdom today. Help us overcome #racism in all forms. Help me do my part.”
#TipsForNewDocs #tipsforolddocs #justice #love
@OfficialFBMA thanks for your recent teaching on this topic - See thread here to build on your edifying message.

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