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Was it just ‘cos she was dead and Black?

By Mike Cunningham On June 17th, 2020

The fifth item on the BBC 8.00 a.m. news was the story of a Black nurse who died of CoronaVirus. She had worked during her third trimester of pregnancy at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital in Bedfordshire. Her baby was delivered by emergency C-section shortly before her death, as she had been diagnosed with coronavirus in early April and died a week later. 

Her husband, Ernest, argues she shouldn’t have been working at the hospital at the start of the pandemic as she was heavily pregnant.

The Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust said: “We were extremely saddened to lose Mary. She worked here for five years and was a highly valued and loved member of our team, a fantastic nurse and a great example of what we stand for in this Trust. We have carried out a full internal review into the circumstances surrounding her death and we are confident that she received the best possible care and support from the Trust.

We have sent our deepest condolences to Mr Boateng.

Now I have just a few comments, not so much about the story per se,  but about its relevance as the fifth item on the British National News headline broadcast, at prime time on a weekday morning.

  • Will we now be given the sad stories of all 41,969 people who died of the virus; because that will take 115 years, if every story is taken one day at a time,(excluding leap years)?
  • As the above idea is taken as being just a little bit ‘over the top; will the BBC undertake to process, review and broadcast say of just One Percent of those 41,969 deaths, and will they  guarantee that a percentage of that one per cent be made according to the relevant statistical survey of white and minority ethnic people in the forty-one or -two days it will take to broadcast all these stories?
  • Will the BBC examine every story which they produce and broadcast, including the measures taken to verify, for  example, the unspoken reference to the fact that somehow the nurse was working at the hospital against her wishes, or the wishes of her husband?
  • Will the sad death of this lady be somehow pushed in to the discussion about how black and minority ethnic people in this United Kingdom are somehow more vulnerable to the virus than white people; and so it is just another statistic proving that BlackLivesDon’tMatter to this uncaring Tory government?
  • What are we to infer from the statement made in the  BBC story that He has spoken exclusively to the BBC’s Sima Kotecha.’. Does this mean that he hasn’t also spoken to, say, the Daily Mail, or the Sun? Are we to infer that he has not sold his story to a commercial newspaper, and thus that his story is, perhaps, more relevant than if he had sold his story?

Just gently asking!

8 Responses to “Was it just ‘cos she was dead and Black?”

  1. If one can read through the confused ramblings it appears your objection to this sad story is that it was featured because of the race of nurse who died while continuing to work during the pandemic.

  2. Miserable post.

    But at least it shared one of the many stories of the great people who work in health care, who have given so much in service of us all.

  3. The place is once again turning into Racist’s Digest.

  4. I would hope that her child gets much support From family and from the broader community

  5. “Was it just ‘cos she was dead and Black?”

    Her colour was certainly the reason you chose to put up this post.

  6. The story makes no mention of her racial background.

    Mike complains about a Beeb story of ‘a black nurse’ covered as the fifth item on the British National News headline broadcaster while Pete complains about the British National News headline broadcaster not covering a story on the front page about violence by Chechen and Algerian criminal gangs in France fast enough for him.

    Looks like the Beeb just can’t win with these guys.

  7. The Beeb must be doing something right 🙂

  8. Daphne was right

    Patrick, Pete and Allan are WRONG