The black physician and scientist Dr. Charles Richard Drew, while working on a D. Sc. degree at Columbia University wrote a dissertation on "banked blood. He later developed techniques for separating and preserving blood and contributed significantly to blood plasma research.
His work received international recognition, and he was invited to London to set up the British Blood Bank. He also directed the Red Cross blood donor project in World War II. It is impossible to calculate the millions of lives saved as the direct result of his work.
His life ended tragically in an auto crash on April 1, 1950, at the age of 46. His life might have been saved if he could have been admitted to the all-white hospital, that had a blood bank. The black hospital did not have one.
It is a great story and plays well in our racially charged environment. It stirs the emotion and calls us to a better standard of decency. However, history points out that it is mostly myth.
History records that Drew's death was not the result of not being able to receive blood at the hospital because of his skin color. In truth, according to one of the passengers in Drew's, John Ford, Drew's injuries were so severe that virtually nothing could have been done to save him. Ford even added to his statement that a blood transfusion may have actually killed Drew sooner.
Although I believe that all men are equal and should be treated equally, we must always take care with the truth. Although a story sound good and says what we want it to say does not necessarily mean it is truth. In our day of social media, we have a tendency to believe anything, especially if it supports our viewpoint. However, should we be so quick to assassinate the character of another? I believe we should let our yes be a yes and our no a no and let the facts speak for themselves.
This is my story...