When I first heard about this protest, I really didn’t know anything at all, so I looked into it. Black women are protesting the statue of J. Marion Sims, known as the “father of modern gynecology” that stands in front of the New York Academy of Medicine. What is it that J. Marion Sims did? He bought black female slaves for the purpose of performing genital surgery on them, both without using anesthesia and without their consent. He did not use anesthesia because Sims was under the opinion that blacks did not have the capacity to feel pain.
There is a long history of minority people being used in medical experiments, this includes injecting plutonium into the blood of black men; infecting black neighborhoods with mosquitoes carrying both yellow fever and dengue fever; prison populations were used to find out if some products were toxic; and the list goes on and on. If you want more examples please go to the link I’ve left below.
So, what do you think about all this? Do you believe that statues in honor of people who have committed acts such as these should be removed? Let me know in the comments below.