The victims and heirs of U.S. experiments involving sexually transmitted diseases and human subjects in Guatemala between 1946 and 1948 will appeal following the dismissal of their lawsuit against the U.S. government.
If we've learned anything this past week, it's that for all his Xs and Os acumen, former Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino wasn't very bright in other aspects of his professional life. He clearly didn't read rule No. 6 of my Cheating for Dummies guide, and he certainly didn't grasp the fact that hiring his mistress might expose the school to so much civil liability that Arkansas couldn't keep Petrino no matter how many games he had won.
Howard, Morehouse, Spelman, Tuskegee, Xavier -- these are just a few of America's Historically Black Colleges and Universities, known as HBCUs. HBCUs are accredited historically black institutions of higher learning established before 1964. While many of these colleges are located in the South, there are HBCUs as far north as Michigan and as far west as Oklahoma. While some HBCUs are public and others private, all of them serve a principle mission to educate black Americans.
The U.S. government will be hit with a class action lawsuit on behalf of 700 Guatemalans who were infected with syphilis unless it offers a way to settle claims before Friday, the plaintiffs' attorneys said.
The Tuskegee syphilis experiment of the 20th century is often cited as the most famous example of unethical medical research. Now, evidence has emerged that it overlapped with a shorter study, also sponsored by U.S. government health agencies, in which human subjects were unknowingly being harmed by participating in an experiment.
On September 13, President Obama spoke about the importance of historically black colleges and universities as part of HBCU Week. It was a thrill for me to be there. He paid tribute those who created these schools:
In his concession speech on Tuesday night, John McCain illustrated the historic significance of Barack Obama's election by noting that a little over a century ago the inclusion of another black man, Booker T. Washington, at a White House dinner provoked outrage in large parts of the country.