The C.O.W.S. Dr. Vanessa Grubbs: The Harvest of Black Organs

Monday, July 31st 8:00PM Eastern/ 5:00PM Pacific

The Context of White Supremacy welcomes Dr. Vanessa Grubbs. A professor at the University of California San Francisco department of medicine, Dr. Grubbs is a kidney specialist with a medical degree from Duke University. In addition to being a medical doctor, black mother and wife, Dr. Grubbs moonlights as a creative non-fiction writer. Earlier this summer, she visited Seattle, Washington to promote her new book, Hundreds of Interlaced Fingers: A Kidney Doctor’s Search for the Perfect Match. Grubbs details the romance between she and her now-husband, Richard. He suffered from kidney failure at the time they met, and witnessing his agony with dialysis treatment and shabby dealings from White doctors helped Grubbs better understand how racism decimates black patients. She’s written about racism and organ transplants for years. However, when having out in Seattle, Dr. Grubbs confessed that she had “planned not to talk about racism.” In fact, she called Gus “militant” for asking her to compare her work to the scholarship of Harriet A. Washington and Rebecca Skloot.


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