Are All Organs Created Equal?

Discussion in 'Politics' started by FMeekins, Aug 8, 2005.

  1. FMeekins

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    In promoting racial equality, it is often harped that on the inside we are all the same regardless of color or background. Apparently that isn't quite the case since we are now being bombarded by yet another celebration pandering to minorities.

    Minority Transplant Organ Awareness Day (try putting that on a greeting card) seeks to, well, raise awareness of transplant organs and minorities. While one can hardly oppose the quest for good health, like many other causes promoted by the liberals, this one should also be subjected to closer scrutiny and critical thought.

    For starters, if we are going to have a Minority Transplant Organ Awareness Day, shouldn't we also have a Caucasian Transplant Organ Awareness Day? Not every White person that needs a transplant organ gets one either.

    So why is it inherently more tragic if this tragedy befalls a minority than your run of the mill White person? Furthermore, if there was only a single organ available, can anyone justify why Jesse Jackson would be more deserving of it than Ted Kennedy? Even more importantly, are those White big shots that enjoy imposing minority favoritism on the rest of us in order to show how enlightened and progressive going to forego an organ for themselves or a loved one in favor of a minority should they ever find themselves in such a situation or is this merely another burden they expect to pass on to the average White American?

    From the way these public campaigns are expressed, you'd think the average White guy was as immortal as Duncan McCloud of the Clan McCloud from the Highlander series. However, seems to me White folks drop dead from the same afflictions.

    In one news story justifying this day of ethnic guilt, the Associated Press lamented that American Indians make up 34% and Hispanics 42% of those awaiting kidney transplants in New Mexico. Maybe if these communities learned to lay off the booze a bit, they could reduce the numbers instead of shifting the blame to Whitey.

    Even among conservative circles, it is now popular to claim that racial differences do not exist. While that should be true in the eyes of the law, if it is so in terms of biology, shouldn't organs be interchangeable between various groups if these distinctions are nothing more than arbitrary cosmetics?

    Seems this issue will force the proponents of radical multiculturalism to make a decision in favor of either their fantasies of absolutist egalitarianism or the system of demographic spoils they have devised to ultimately lavish power on themselves as the administrators of a new ethnic feudalism.

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  2. Petrel

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    I actually am not opposed to this. People of the same race are more likely to share immune markers that make organ rejection less likely. A month or two ago they were putting up fliers around here urging I think it was Asians to be tested to see if they would be a donor match for a kid who needed a bone marrow transplant. They said they specifically needed Asians because Caucasians and other races would be unlikely to be good donors.

    Just from some rapid searching it seems that minorities donate and are approached requesting donation at a lower rate than Caucasians, making it more difficult for sick people from these minorities to find a donor match.

    Oh, and alcohol abuse is known for causing liver failure, not kidney failure.
     
  3. Daisy

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    This seems like a misdirected rant, at best. The more organs in the organ pool (try not to visualize), the more likely Meekins is to get one should he ever be so unfortunate as to need one. The campaign is to get more minorities to give, not get (of course, by giving more, more will get a good match).

    I don't see what he has to complain about here.
     
  4. TexasSky

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    Certain illness are more likely to strike certain races. I suspect that organ matching probably is affected by similiar genetics.
     
  5. Johnv

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    Once again, FMeekins seeks to post his personal agenda based on a falsehood.

    To start with, there is no such thing as "Minority Transplant Organ Awareness Day". There is, however, a National Minority Donor Awareness Day, which is observed August 1 by the United Network for Organ Sharing. The UNOS attempts to bring attention to the fact that minorities are less likely to sign up for organ donations than nonminorities, and that this is most often due to cultural fears and taboos related to the subject of organ donation. Through educating and encouraging minroties on the subject, they hope to increase the number of minorities that sign up to donate their organs.

    FMeekins' comments in the OP are way off the mark, not to mention, are based on a completely false premise. He attempts to make an issue of implied racism where none exists.

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  6. billwald

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    NO! Tracker organs are superior to electric organs.
     
  7. Petrel

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    [​IMG] I would have to agree.
     
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    I feel that Rufatti organs are superior to Aolian-Skinner organs.
     
  9. Petrel

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    I'll have to check with the resident expert on that and get back to you later. ;)
     

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