"Absolutely not," says Dad, adding that his "people have been experimented on before. Never again." Foreman says that his people have been experimented on as well, and that comparing PPTH to Auschwitz is "ridiculous." The Tuskegee experiments, Foreman adds, went on for twenty-eight years after WWII ended. I don't know if bringing up government-sanctioned experimentation on what was seen to be a lesser race is the best way to prove your point here, Foreman. Stevie's dad says that laws preventing Roma from entering New Jersey were on the books until 1998. I couldn't believe this was true and looked it up, and, lo and behold, New Jersey did indeed have a law -- from 1917 until it was repealed in 1998 -- that allowed local governments to regulate Roma travel and businesses. It didn't say that Romany people weren't allowed to be in those towns, but at the very least, it obviously made life difficult for them. That's incredible. Shame on you, New Jersey. But at least that law no longer exists, unlike the one that says gas stations have to be full serve. Foreman changes the subject back to treating Stevie, saying that this treatment could be the only way to save their son. Mom says that "a lifetime of experiences tells me I can't trust you. And the past three days have done nothing to change that." Then why have him here at all, Mom? If they think that all Stevie needs is some willow bark soup and blankets to get better, take him home. You can either play the victim-of-racism card or say that non-Romas pollute your home with their presence, but you can't do both.
Episode Report CardSara M: A- | 1610 USERS: B-
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