White doctor draws blood from a black man in the Tuskeegee syphillis experiment. A black woman and a black man watch in the background.

Taken during the Tuskeegee syphillis study. Photo credit: Wikipedia

This morning the United States apologized for a little experiment they did from 1946-1948: infecting Guatemalan prison inmates with syphilis to test out then-brand-new antibiotic penicillin.

In the experiment, aimed at testing the then-new drug penicillin, inmates were infected by prostitutes and later treated with the antibiotic.

OOPS! SORRY GUYS!  We didn’t mean it!  Thankfully these little unsavory bits are in our past! Wait, wait a minute.  Let’s look at this story from TODAY:

The NYC Department of Homeless Services, curious to see how effectively it services the homeless, is being berated for conducting a study that left 200 families banned at random from city assistance. In lieu of gentler polling, a total of 400 families on the brink of homelessness were split into two categories: An experimental group, who were allowed to continue their use of the service, and a control group, who were banned from receiving aid for two years and told to fend for themselves.

By the way, in New York City, even though 53% of the city is black or Latino, 93% of homeless persons are black or Latino. Whose bodies are expendable?

Oh, I’m sure everyone will be cool if y’all apologize in 50 years.  Geez, sorry guys, we keep fucking it up!

via Gothamist

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