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June 14, 2011

Canadian Blood Services is looking for more “visible minority” blood donors.


Funny.  I didn’t know that different races had different blood.

Is there an “all of the above” category?

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  1. Carlos Perera permalink
    June 14, 2011 5:07 pm

    My wife is O-, the universal donor, so she is often asked–even begged–to go into one of our local blood banks in Jacksonville, Florida, to donate blood; I go with her to give her moral support, as her veins are small so that she is a “hard stick,” as the phlebotomists like to say. Thus, we spend more time at the blood bank than most people do. An interesting phenomenon we have both remarked is that, although Jacksonville has a very large African-American population (it just elected a black mayor), as well as a burgeoning Hispanic population, _almost all of the donors are white_. (Full disclosure, I am Hispanic myself, albeit a white one; I occasionally do recognize another Hispanic I know from Church, work, etc., at the blood bank . . . but if you have read this far, you probably can guess what his/her actual race is.)

    That same demographic anomaly is easily noted in places where people volunteer their services for the good of the community: hospitals, food banks, schools, soup kitchens, etc. Even in solidly African-American neighborhoods, the volunteers are nearly all white! This, I think, is a source of distress and embarrassment to “liberal” and “progressive” _bien pensants_; hence the drive to increase the representation of “visible minorities” among blood donors and the like. Alas, I fear they are doomed to continued disappointment. Like it or not, the communitarian ethos in the Americas is largely the preserve of “people of pallor.”

    • kevin permalink
      June 15, 2011 3:33 am

      how many of the burgeoning hispanic population are legal

  2. Harold permalink
    June 14, 2011 9:27 pm

    Another thing- the local Red Cross used to keep pictures up of 10 , 15, and 20 gallon donors. The pictures were taken down during a remodel and never put back up. Over 90% male and 100% white. (Over 20 gallons 100% white male) Maybe there were some hispanics in the bunch, but I normally cannot tell someone is hispanic unless they identify themselves so. I’m willing to bet that a survey would show not a single atheist in the bunch.

    Gave at a local blood drive yesterday. Mennonites there were overrepresented in proportion to their percentage of local population.

    • James permalink
      September 5, 2011 11:42 am

      I am an atheist and I donate blood as much as I can. There are plenty of organizations that promote being good for goodness sake inspired by atheists. Just google “atheist blood drive” for quite a few examples. As Hitchens would say,

      “Name one ethical statement made, or one ethical action performed, by a believer that could not have been uttered or done by a nonbeliever.
      The second challenge. Can anyone think of a wicked statement made, or an evil action performed, precisely because of religious faith?

      The second question is easy to answer, is it not? The first awaits a convincing reply.”

  3. Carlos Perera permalink
    June 15, 2011 6:02 am

    Response to Kevin:

    The percentage of illegals in the “burgeoning” Hispanic population of Northeast Florida is hard to say. In the last decade, a visible demographic of people from southern Mexico and Central America has established itself; one sees them especially on construction job sites and performing outdoor occupations–e.g., landscaping–generally. I suspect many of them might be illegal.

    That is, however, beside the point Michele was making regarding the push for “visible minority” blood donors. One just does not see very many people who are not white involved in volunteer services for the community. My own point regarding Hispanic blood donors was that those I recognized as being Hispanic were not “visible minority” Hispanics; they were white. Even when the beneficiaries of these services are themselves “persons of color,” the volunteers tend to be disproportionately white. For example, how many black volunteers or donors actually contribute to charities and organizations that primarily benefit sub-Saharan Africa? Or the black Caribbean? Geez, the American Anti-Slavery Group, which fights modern-day slavery throughout the world (most of whose victims are “persons of color”) is nearly lily-white! Most black Americans, for instance, just are not very interested in the plight of black slaves in the Muslim world. If honkies cannot be targeted and shaken down as the “oppressor group,” they just do not care.


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