From Brian Lockhart, CT Post
“Our community has had such a history when it comes to new things,” Sims said. “They always bring up the Tuskegee study.” Tuskegee Alabama is where, from the early 1930s to the early 1970s, the federal government used unsuspecting African American men to study syphilis, a sexually transmitted disease.
“So a lot of Black people don’t forget that,” said East End City Councilman Ernie Newton.
“I can’t even get my own mother to take it,” said Stanley Lord, president of the Greater Bridgeport NAACP. “She’s from that era of the Tuskegee issue.” He said he has also heard from other Black people worried “they’re not going to give us the right one.”
State Rep. Christopher Rosario, D-Bridgeport, recalled how Puerto Rican women were test subjects in the mid-1950s for oral contraception.
“Many were guinea pigs,” Rosario said.
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