Over Our Dead Bodies:
Is Research Making Us Distinct?
In 1847, a former slave
known as “Fed” escaped to England and claimed the full
name of “John Brown.” In 1855, Brown, a compact,
dark-skinned man in his forties, published his memoirs
as “Slave Life in Georgia.” In the book, he detailed the
time spent “on loan” to a Georgian doctor during the
1820’s and 1830’s.
At the time, Brown’s master became ill, and in gratitude
to the treatment he received from Dr. Thomas Hamilton,
he told the doctor to ask for any favor. The doctor
stated he had been trying to discover a cure for
sun-poisoning, and asked for the loan of the slave,
Brown, to further his experiments.
Brown goes on to describe the horrifying procedures he
was forced to endure in the doctor’s misguided and
backwards attempts to “further scientific knowledge,”
including being buried in a pit of burning charcoals,
poached alive, having his skin flayed and blistered
because this crazy doctor wanted to find out just how
deep Black skin goes, and other experiments “... which I
cannot dwell upon.” In the end, Dr. Hamilton never
discovered a cure for sun-poisoning, although he did
make a fortune selling fake flour pills (made from
flour, cornmeal, and water) as an advertised “cure.” And
when Brown could take the surgical torture no more, he
fled to England.
Unfortunately, John Brown’s experiences were all too
common during the antebellum period of this country’s
history. We’ve read all about the sick and twisted
experiments that Nazi butcher/doctors performed on
Jewish men, women, and children in German concentration
Well, multiply that over four hundred years; and also
remember that the sick, psychopathic, sadistic minds who
performed those German “operations” and “procedures”
supposedly in the name of science are the same sick,
psychopathic, sadistic minds that decided to “see how
deep Black skin goes” because “Negroes don’t have the
same feelings and sense of pain as whites.”
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