Race doesn’t exist and doesn’t matter if it did – until it does

We’re in that PJ O’Rourke world of gender not mattering – like when trading bonds – and gender mattering – like when making babies. Or even, sex being a biological reality sometimes – when making babies – and trans- being something that doesn’t matter most of the time.

Black patients ‘less likely to have successful kidney transplants’ than white people

The core of the problem apparently being tissue matching:

Abdul Rahman Hakeem, a consultant hepatobiliary and transplant surgeon in Leeds, and the lead author of the new study, said the issue is that black, Asian and ethnic minority individuals have worse odds of finding a match in the first place.

A dearth of donors from ethnic minorities means many individuals have to wait longer for a suitable transplant, often twice as long as white patients, due to the abundance of white donors and a lack of donors from different backgrounds.

This, Mr Hakeem said, means the patient is often on dialysis for longer and therefore sicker than their white counterparts when they have the operation, reducing the likelihood of success and a full recovery.

Race doesn’t exist. It also doesn’t matter – it’s just a societal construct. Until, of course, it does matter.

Thus as with the gender/sex and trans- thing. The important point is when does it matter and when doesn’t it? For we know that the difference does matter at times, thus we need to know when to differentiate and when not. Yes, we do indeed need to, have to, discriminate at times, a society blind – always – to the distinctions doesn’t work.

Biological sex matters when making babies. Trans- issues matter when calling in for the prostate or cervix exams. Race matters over transplants. Discrimination is, at times, necessary.

14 thoughts on “Race doesn’t exist and doesn’t matter if it did – until it does”

  1. A dearth of donors from ethnic minorities

    Empathy is white supremacy.

    Actually, I’m with the ethnics on this one. I saw a documentary once where a guy got a transplanted hand from a convicted murderer, and it kept trying to strangle him and stuff. Very unpleasant. Then there was FRANKENHOOKER. Put me right off medically experimenting on prostitutes for a long time.

    If your entire body sprung forth from a homoncule hatched in your mother’s womb or a thimbleful of your sire’s sticky fluid, are you still you if you have Michael Flatley’s legs? And are you human, or are you Dancer?

  2. Black individuals ****ARE***** ethnic minority individuals. Asian individuals *****(*ADRE***** ethnic minority individuals you illiterate moron./

  3. To compound the problem, there is greater genetic variety among Africans than among other races.

    Two Africans from adjacent villages might be more distantly related than an Anglo Saxon and a Red Indian.

    On this observation rests the “Out of Africa” thesis.

  4. “A dearth of donors from ethnic minorities means many individuals have to wait longer for a suitable transplant.”

    There’s a corollary to this which if the reverse were true would definitely be pointed out. Yes more likely not to match but those that do match will very probably be receiving them from ethnic majority donors.

  5. To compound the problem, there is greater genetic variety among Africans than among other races.

    While this is true, it’s largely irrelevant because ‘ African’ is not a race. Most Africans living in the West are descended from West African Bantus plus some Somalis, Ethiopians and Sudanese from East Africa, not Pygmies, Hottentots or Kalahari Bushmen who are genetically distinct from both the Bantus and the Nilotic peoples.

  6. Race doesn’t exist. It also doesn’t matter – it’s just a societal construct.

    You’re out of date, Tim. It now matters again, and it’s important you remember that you’re a guilty part of the most diabolical race evah.

  7. I thought Dr Mengele solved Hakeem’s problem quite a while ago.

    Wasn’t there another doctor on an island somewhere also messing about with this sort of thing?

  8. This is all just another way of phrasing “The BAMEs don’t pull their weight”, isn’t it?

    There must be subsets of BAMEs who pull their weight economically; are there any who pull their weight in terms of organ donation, or even blood donation?

    I think we should be told.

  9. Wow, imagine that! In a predominantly white country, white people find it easier to find a transplant match!

    If race does not exist, racism cannot exist!

  10. ‘Wasn’t there another doctor on an island somewhere also messing about with this sort of thing?’

    Yes PJF. One of these days I must really read ‘The Island of Dr Moreau’.

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