Healthcare

Council Candidate: Latino Blood is Better Than Non-Latino Blood, Which “Has Problems”

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The Grand Council of Guardians, 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Alliance, and
the Corona branch of the NAACP will hold a press conference
today at which they will discuss controversial remarks made by Eduardo
Giraldo
, a candidate for the 21st district city council seat in Queens.


The remarks in question can seen in the above Youtube
video. If the English subtitles that appear at the bottom of the
screen are accurate, the candidate seems to be putting forth some kind of
strange theory about the superiority of Latino blood.


“Now what’s the best blood for us Latinos? Our own blood. The blood of
blacks has problems. The blood of Europeans has problems and the best blood
for us Latinos is Latino blood because it has the antigens that make us
different. But us Latinos don’t donate blood,” the translation goes….

The
footage was evidently taken from an interview Giraldo did for the Queens
Public Television show Al Dia Con Ramirez-Baez.


“Can you trust a man who thinks our blood has problems?” the vid asks after
going dark. “Is this the man we want in office? Will he represent us, or
only Latinos?”


The press release for today’s “discussion” seems to brand Giraldo a
racist: “The organizations in attendance believe that this type of racist
rhetoric has no place in society and in particular the New York City
Council.”


But the thing is, in suggesting Latino blood is better for Latinos, there’s a
chance Giraldo was actually attempting to describe a pretty innocent
concept.


Trying to promote the Latino blood drive he first put together four
years ago, he may have been fumbling through expressing the fact that a good
many Latinos have an especially useful blood type — that of the universal
donor. A 2007 MSNBC article explains, “It turns out that Latinos are more likely than the average American to have
Type O blood, the type blood banks value most because it can be used by so
many patients.”


The article goes on to reveal how Type O-positive blood is also especially
valuable because “If you have Type O blood, only a Type O transfusion will
work for you. If you’re accidentally given another type, your immune system
would spot the antigens and attack.”


Though Giraldo didn’t seem to want to address the blood remarks directly, he
offers his comments were taken out of context, and that he thinks the Youtube vid is
a dirty political trick by his opponent, incumbent Julissa
Ferreras
, Hiram Monserrate’s former chief of staff.


“I’ve created a blood program for Latinos,” says Giraldo. “I’m trying to push the Latino
community to come out and give blood. The only thing I care about is making
things better.”