Miss Ever's Boys

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The movie Miss Ever’s Boys was produced in 1997 was based true facts about the syphilis research done on African American males in Tuskegee Alabama in 1932. The experimental research study lasted from 1932 until 1972. At first the program started out as a special treatment for blacks to deal with the syphilis epidemic in the rural south. When the funds for treatment ran out the program became an experimental study to see if untreated would the fatal illness evolve in “Blacks” the same as it did in “Whites”. Unlike many of my classmates this was not my first time viewing this movie or hearing about the syphilis experimental research that was done on about 400 poor black share croppers. To me this movie is another example of how the White controlled US government used racial ideology to ethically mistreat the Black male citizens. My first response to this movie is anger, especially being a black male US citizen myself. I just don’t understand the mentality of the white people. It was already known it that syphilis untreated was fatal disease. Then in the mid 1940’s when penicillin was discovered to be the cure to syphilis the government let the doctor’s choose not to give it to them, and to make a list of names to be sent to all surrounding medical centers to be sure that nobody would treat these men.In the end these poor men did not get treated until the story of their suffering became public in 1972. By this time only 127 out of the 400 were still alive. This is just another nail in the coffin of trust between the Black American race and the American government. This movie is just a great example why Black Americans have always been untrusting of the US government. We have to educated ourselves and take nothing at face value because the US government is always trying to exploit and deceive the Black
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