Tuesday, October 14, 2014
"EBOLA AND RACISIM, TWO DEADLY DIEASES.....IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE?"
There is a sickness among us, creeping around hurting people and taking lives. In the last several years, Africa has been infiltrated with the Ebola virus. Many Africans have died. But, no one cared until it hit The United States...Um.. Deadly! But there is also another sickness among us that was here before Jesus came, and that sickness is Racism. And unfortunately, there is no antibiotic, or serum that can destroy it. For there is not one thing that The CDC( Center for Disease Control) in Atlanta can do about it!....And in these two cases, I have to ask the question...Is There a Doctor in In The House? Let's Get The Facts about Ebola: Ebola is a EHF ( Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever) Disease. It affects Humans and some mammals. And it is caused by an Ebola Virus. Symptoms start 2-3 weeks after contacting the virus. There is a 21 day incubation period. Symptoms are: Fever, Sore Throat, Muscle Pain and Headaches. Typically Diarrhea and Vomiting do follow, along with a Rash. Blood samples will be taken to rule out anything else and to properly diagnose the disease. Contact is through Blood or Body Fluids of an Infected human or animal. And Washing of the hands and being properly clothed when working with meat, can't hurt. One must be aware that some of the disease could possibly travel through Fruit Rats. Even though Antibiotics are used, There is no specific treatment that can be guaranteed for the disease. And as of October 10th, 2014, in the area of Liberia about 4,024 people have died. Deadly, Deadly! RACISM: Racism has been here for a Long, Long Time! And ( Wikipedia) Defines that Racism consist of both Prejudice and Discrimination. And it is based in social perceptions of biological differences between people. And it often takes the form of social actions, practices or beliefs. Or it involves political symptoms. These symptoms considers different races to be as ether inherently Superior or Inferior to each other. There is this theory that members of a different race should be treated differently. Racism causes assumptions or presumptions. It causes stereotypes whether intentional or unintentional. And of course it crosses institutional divisions. ( Like in Colleges). -Racism...Deadly, Deadly! So is there a Cross reference between Ebola and Racism? Was Mr. Thomas Eric Duncan treated differently because of his race? And if the rumors are true, the way that he was treated in that Texas Hospital was Disgraceful! As I mentioned, This disease Ebola is not new. But it became brand new when it went from killing thousands of Africans to infecting white America.....And others. And you know, All of this has got me thinking. How fair was the distribution of good health care in the past? For example: when I was two years old, I was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance with a very high fever. They thought that I had Polio. But it turned out (like in many cases back then),that What I actually had was Rheumatic Heart Fever. I was in the hospital for weeks. And months later I had to learn how to walk again. Anyway, I really wonder now...how long was the Polio Vaccine out before the brown kids or the olive kids were able to get vaccinated? Was it like financial aid in college? You see, When we found out about The Basic Grant. The white students had benefited from it for years before we ever heard of such a grant. So, in the case of a disease like Polio, how long did we have to wait before we knew anything about a vaccination? And here in 2014, are we really prepared? You know this type of Racial Division of care is not new...Remember the war on drugs? There was no war, until the drugs left the poor neighborhoods and went to the Caucasian/Elite. Only then was it a tragic epidemic! Anyway, the nurses union has complained that the nurses, the hospitals and even the doctors are not really being prepared for this disease. And I can understand their concern. You know I worked in the medical field for years before going into the ministry. And I worked at a Major Hospital in Michigan in Nursing, Pathology and as a Pre-Med Student. When Aids became a big issue, our Infectious Disease Control Department did a Good job helping us to deal with it. But the problem was, every 5 minutes they were always changing the protocols. One day it's no glove then double glove, you must wear gowns, mask and on and on. So, I understand the frustration. And if something goes wrong, it's the nurses and staff who gets blamed and Not the Ceo's. And who gets hurt the most is the Patients and Their Families. And it was a mess during that Aids Scare. People just feared the unknown. And there were times back then, when if a Aids patient was coding, The Respiratory Team would take their time. Yes....I am telling you the Truth! Me...I had no problems working with Aids Patients. I had No fear at all, I just Prayed and followed protocol. But then one day a colleague put this thought in my mind. She said "Deborah, that's good that you are not afraid of working with Aids or IVDA ( Intravenous Drug Abuser)patients, but you need to remember that you have two kids at home. And you have to think about them" So, I understand what the Nurses and Staff are going through. They feel that they are receiving dysfunctional training. Racism in the country has grown rapid. Especially after Barack Obama became president. The haters are probably blaming him now for the Ebola Virus. Saying something low like he probably brought it over with him from Kenya, ( You know the country that they say that he was really born in). Pitiful. Yes, Racism has really been out there. It's been in the Congress, the police department..etc. Hate has taken too many lives in this country. People like Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Eric Garner in New York, Renisha McBride in Michigan, Michael Brown, the young man in Walmart, St. Louis and others. And although we must understand that violence does not solve Anything, I understand the Frustration and Anger. That's why we All Must Get Out and Vote. Vote, Baby Vote! And on that note: to All of you Democrats who have been hiding from President Obama and his accomplishments, denying that you are associated with him, like the disciples hid and denied that they knew Jesus after the Resurrection..you folks better watch out! Denying someone that helped you in the past, just because they are not on top right now just so that you can get Re-elected, is wrong. And you cannot be trusted when the heat hits you, on the floor of the congress. And in Reality , you may not get ahead anyway. So, as I close, let me say this: Everybody need to search themselves. Find out what prejudices that you may have. Do we Really love our neighbor? Even our neighbor who looks like us? And then we all should wonder..Is this Ebola Crisis a Disease or is it a Plague? Check the scriptures as you check yourself..( See Exodus 9:14). A Plague could have been allowed because of our hatred, racism and falling away from God......I Don't Know. Think about it. You know The Bible talks about how some things can only be solved by Fasting and Praying. You see, Racism is a Spiritual demon and it must be dealt with Spiritually. And that includes the hate of folks like Isis and the like. It's Spiritual Wickedness. But God has All......Power! And I don't care what your race or ethnicity is. I don't care if you are a Religious Right Conservative or a Progressive Democrat. It does not matter to me if you are a Bible toting Baptist, a shouting Apostolic or a card carrying A.M.E.- Racism and Hatred is Wrong. And with Ebola, Isis, and other issues facing us, this should be the time that we should be coming together as one. God has been watching. And He has found that a lot of us have missed out on an opportunity to Be Blessed by coming together. And now We are going to have to pay the price. So, I say this to you all today. Search Yourself. Make sure that Your Heart is Right. And After you have done that, do what God said to His people in 2nd Chronicles 7: 14. For He said.."If My People, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves pray and seek My face and Turn from their wicked ways, Then...I will hear from Heaven. And it is Then that I will Heal Their Land" So let's be clear, The Ebola Virus and Racism are Two Deadly Diseases. But if We will Pray, Repent, Be Honest with Ourselves and Seek God's Face...( For Real)..Then as a Nation We All will see, that There is a Doctor in The House! Blessings, PastorD