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What? Jesse Jackson Blames Racism For Ebola Patient Death

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The outrageous claim by Jesse Jackson and the family of Thomas Eric Duncan that the first Ebola caused death in the U.S. was a result of racism is utter nonsense.

Josephus Weeks, Duncan’s nephew, has been making the rounds in the media claiming his uncle’s death was because he was black.

Appearing on CNN’s OutFront, Weeks told host Erin Burnett that his uncle was treated different than other U.S. Ebola patients because, “He’s the only person that has died from Ebola here in America. He’s a black man. He’s poor, didn’t have insurance.”

Jesse Jackson met with Duncan’s family prior to his death so I guess it’s a mere coincidence that Weeks is parroting the race card laced content of Jackson’s Huffington Post blog post.

Duncan’s case raises an ethical and moral question: Who gets treatment and why? The two American missionaries who contracted Ebola in West Africa were given access to an experimental drug cocktail called ZMapp. The drug has immune-boosting monoclonal antibodies that were extracted from mice exposed to Ebola DNA. This drug is not provided for the thousands of Africans who have the Ebola virus, including those who have died and might have been saved if given the experimental drug. Duncan is not being treated with the medication.

Unsurprisingly, Jackson is wrong on the facts and his conclusion. Duncan was not given ZMapp because the limited supply was exhausted. That’s not racism but math.

Yes, Duncan did not have health insurance but the hospital spent an estimated $500,000 for his treatment. In addition, Duncan was given experimental drugs in an effort to save his life.

Only in Jesse Jackson’s world can a heroic effort to save a man’s life be transformed into racism.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with CloutHub.com, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a BlazeTV.com host, Outreach Director with FreedomWorks.org overseeing its Empower.org outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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