Online Talk with Harriet Washington (Medical Apartheid) About Her New Book
Where: Revolution Books
437 Malcolm X Blvd./Lenox Ave. @132nd St
212-691-3345 Price: Free
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Harriet A. Washington
Acclaimed author of “Medical Apartheid” will be debuting her new book “Carte Blanche: The Erosion of Medical Consent”
―Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to Be an Antiracist and Stamped From the Beginning
Harriet Washington was interviewed by Michele Martin on NPR, December 20, 2020 on “Race and The Roots of Vaccine Skepticism.” Martin asked about efforts being made to encourage people to take COVID-19 vaccines, about how Dr. Anthony Fauci has appealed to civil rights groups and spoken publicly about how a Black scientist helped develop the vaccine. Are these good steps?
“I think this is a good thing to do because I think this vaccine looks as if it’s going to be safe, efficacious — just what we need. So anything that’s done in terms of encouraging African Americans to benefit from it, too. I think this is a good step. However… if we don’t make real, large steps toward addressing the inequities that cultivate distrust, then we’re going to have to do this every time we have a new health initiative. That’s a complete waste.”
Harriet A. Washington is the author of Medical Apartheid, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award. Washington has been a research fellow in medical ethics at Harvard Medical School, and a senior research scholar at the National Center for Bioethics at the Tuskegee Institute. She lectures in bioethics at Columbia University. Her books also include A Terrible Thing to Waste and Infectious Madness.
The February 28 event will be one of Harriet’s first talks about Carte Blanche which will be released on February 23. Revolution Books will have copies available at the bookstore and online in advance of her program.Co-sponsored by Revolution Books – Berkeley. The event takes place at 2:00PM PST on the west coast.