Second Look Sunday: Not Seeing In Black & White

Originally posted July 24th 2013

For some reason, because I have a blog about sarcoidosis, people automatically assume that I am a black woman, although my blog’s tag line is “One man’s positive journey with sarcoidosis”. I suppose that majority of people that have blogs about sarcoidosis and sarcoidosis support sites are black women, and thus the assumption.

And today I received an email from someone asking what, as a black woman, was my opinion on the fact that black people get sarcoidosis more than white people. Firstly, let’s clear the air.

A) I am not a woman. I am 100% male
B) I am not black. I am not white. I am not asian. I am not middle eastern. I am not Native American. I am human
C) I don’t believe in statistics

I guess if I really want to give a opinion, I can’t look at it from a black man’s point of view, or from a white man’s either. Actually, I can never understand why race always has to play a part in everything. Even in sarcoidosis statistics. Does it really matter when you already have it just how many black people compared to white people have the disease?

And let’s really think about these statistics. Where are the world’s centers for sarcoidosis treatment and research? The answer is New York City, New York and Cleveland, Ohio. The top hospital for sarcoidosis treatment is Mt. Sinai hospital, located at 98th street in New York City, just on the border of Harlem, which is predominantly African American. And Cleveland’s population is approx 53% African American. So wouldn’t it come to reason that since these major centers are in predominantly black areas, won’t most of the people that are recognized for having sarcoidosis be black? If the main treatment centers were in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Greenwich Connecticut, don’t you think the results would swing the other way?

I really do not feel that it matters one bit what race you are when it comes to sarcoidosis. I have the disease and I could give a flying freak what race has the majority of sarcoidosis. It does not matter. I have it and spouting those statistics is not going to cure me or help researches figure out a cure.

So, once again, lets cast aside race and cast aside statistics and just be supportive and try to get this disease more in the spotlight so that there is more funding for finding a cure

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Lisa Coleman says:

    Similar to any statistics. I suppose it isn’t so much about race genetically as it is about the difference in DNA but humans turn everything into a racial dilemma. So, Mr. White Male with your Black Woman disease, how are you feeling these days?

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    1. Basil Rene says:

      Ha! Honestly I am not a white or black or asian male. I am all! 60%white, 26% black, 13% Chinese & Korean, 1% Pacific Islander. I really confuse people especially with my accent as I grew up in the English speaking Caribbean and educated by Irish Priests. Whew! That was exhausting. My conditions are very complicated now and I am actually going to post about that soon. Thanks for asking. But I am doing ok tho.

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      1. Lisa Coleman says:

        I’m glad you are doing okay. So you are 100% Heinz 57 just like me. I need to do a DNA test. I have Native American, Irish, English, Scottish, and god only knows what else. That is in no particular order. I know I’m 100% Texan transplanted as a now 100% Floridian. Guess that doesn’t count. I love our conversations! 💜

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        1. Basil Rene says:

          Don’t rely to much on family info. My entire like I was told I was french and Carib (native indian). Did my DNA and 1% french and 0% Carib 🤣

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          1. Lisa Coleman says:

            Wow! Well I know I have Native American but how much is still a mystery. I’m a mutt! 😂

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