There’s been a perception (maybe reality) that many older African-Americans don’t have much trust for doctors. If you’re wondering why this is the case, look no further than the infamous Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment.
For 40 years between 1942 – 1972, the U.S. Public Health Service secretly studied the untreated effects of Syphilis in African-Americans in Macon County, Alabama. It was one of the worst things ever done to them in American History — sponsored by the government no less — and ruined a generation of lives.
A little more than 20 years later on May 16, 1997, former president Bill Clinton officially issued an apology to the surviving members of the experiment. However, it should never be forgotten how much #BlackLivesHistoricallyMattered when seeing this like this.