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Why the NHS needs more black people to give blood

The National Health Service’s blood donation programme, NHS Blood and Transplant, needs more black donors and they aren’t shy to say so. But the service has been getting a lot of flak recently for singling out one racial group.

In a now-viral thread, @GiveBloodNHS made it clear that asking black people to donate isn’t about racism or racial profiling; it’s about making sure they have enough blood to treat the black community.

Now, that might sound wrong since we’re often told that underneath our skin everyone is the same, but that’s a vast oversimplification, according to the NHS. Humans don’t all have the same blood regardless of race, and black people are more likely to have a specific type of blood that’s good for treating sickle cell anemia, a disease that affects mostly the black community.