With Reuters recommending that Puerto Ricans should sell their bodily organs, in order to pay Puerto Rico’s so-called “debt” to the U.S., it is important to remember another medical warrior.
Dr. Cornelius Rhoads wrote an infamous letter on November 10, 1931, which stated the following:
“Porto Ricans are the dirtiest, laziest, most degenerate and thievish race of men ever to inhabit this sphere…They are even lower than the Italians. What the island needs is not public health work, but a tidal wave or something to totally exterminate the entire population…I have done my best to further the process of their extermination by killing off eight and transplanting cancer into several more. All physicians take delight in the abuse and torture of the unfortunate subjects.”
Dr. Rhoads did not go to jail, or undergo any professional discipline, after writing this letter. Instead he was made a colonel in the U.S. Army, and he established chemical weapons laboratories for them in Utah, Maryland, and Panama.
For this work, he won the Legion of Merit in 1945.
Rhoads was also named the Director of the Sloan Kettering Institute, where he conducted radiation experiments on human beings for the U.S. Dept. of Energy.
Rhoads was also featured on the cover of Time Magazine.
Nearly a century after Rhoads’ infamous letter, Reuters is now recommending the harvesting of bodily organs from Puerto Ricans, as a way of re-paying Puerto Rico’s “debt” to the U.S.
For those who thought the savagery of Dr. Cornelius Rhoads was a thing of the past…