Maybe the following article has mischaracterized the arguments, but if it’s right it makes quite clear that egregious context-dropping as a characteristic vice of academicians is not confined to the left:

The study of 399 syphilitic black men in Tuskegee, Ala., began in 1932 and proceeded for 40 years, until an outcry spurred by an Associated Press story in 1972 caused it to be shut down. The men were never treated for syphilis, even after penicillin became available in the 1940s and 1950s…. However, an alternative view espoused by a University of Pittsburgh historian, Jonathan Erlen, and a University of Pittsburgh Medical School professor, Dr. Thomas Benedek, argues that the study was not racist, because syphilis was more prevalent in black men than in white men at the time. Another academic, who has also written about the study, University of Chicago anthropologist Richard Shweder, says the men recruited all had tertiary-stage syphilis, an incurable stage of the disease even after treatment with penicillin, and that the argument for so-called informed consent is founded on modern-day standards.

The article makes clear just how flimsy these arguments are.

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