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.