If we were Negroes when we were down under the heel of oppression then we will be Negroes when we are up and liberated from such thraldom.The Moroccans and Algerians have a splendid opportunity of proving the real worth of the Negro in Europe, and who to tell that one day Africa will colonize Europe, even as Europe has been endeavoring to colonize the world for hundreds of years.There they were given hot meals and free medical treatment for minor ailments.Any treatments they thought they were also getting for their ‘bad blood’ were actually placebos, aspirin or mineral supplements.On May 16, 1997, President Bill Clinton issued a formal apology for the Tuskegee Syphilis Study, a notorious research project involving hundreds of poor African-American men that took place from 1932 to 1972 in Macon County, Alabama.The men in the study had syphilis, a sexually transmitted infection, but didn’t know it.
After being recruited by the promise of free medical care, 600 men originally were enrolled in the project. Public Health Service (PHS), which was running the study, informed the participants—399 men with latent syphilis and a control group of 201 others who were free of the disease—they were being treated for bad blood, a term commonly used in the area at the time to refer to a variety of ailments.
Medical staff allowed nothing to interfere with their work.
Even when 250 of the men were drafted for service in the Second World War, strings were pulled to ensure that they remained part of the study instead.
The New York World under date of January 15, 1923, published a statement of Drs.
Clark Wissler and Franz Boaz (the latter a professor of anthropology at Columbia University), confirming the statement of the French that Moroccan and Algerian troops used in the invasion of Germany were not to be classified as Negroes, because they were not of that race.