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GiveBlood 🩸🅰️🅱️🆎🅾️
So, people keep asking - why do we need more black blood donors? Isn’t everyone’s blood the same? You’re racist! ISSA THREAD:
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GiveBlood 🩸🅰️🅱️🆎🅾️ 7 Nov 17
Replying to @GiveBloodNHS
Do black people have ‘special’ blood? Are we being racist? Is race a social construct? 🙄 Let’s break it down.
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GiveBlood 🩸🅰️🅱️🆎🅾️ 7 Nov 17
Replying to @GiveBloodNHS
First up - blood does the same thing for everyone’s body - it keeps you alive and saves lives. ISSA FACT!
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GiveBlood 🩸🅰️🅱️🆎🅾️ 7 Nov 17
Replying to @GiveBloodNHS
Everyone’s blood IS NOT the same, so you can stop calling us racist.
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GiveBlood 🩸🅰️🅱️🆎🅾️ 7 Nov 17
Replying to @GiveBloodNHS
Blood can have more than 30 different types or blood groups. You’ve all heard of ABO, right? That’s one blood group. 🅰️🅱️🅾️🆎
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GiveBlood 🩸🅰️🅱️🆎🅾️ 7 Nov 17
Replying to @GiveBloodNHS
And you’ve heard of people being ‘positive’ or ‘negative’? That’s another blood group.
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GiveBlood 🩸🅰️🅱️🆎🅾️ 7 Nov 17
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mid-thread pause for a shout out to the O negative crew, the donors whose blood can go to anyone.
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GiveBlood 🩸🅰️🅱️🆎🅾️ 7 Nov 17
Replying to @GiveBloodNHS
Blood groups are more or less common in different ethnic groups. So black people are more likely to have, say, B negative blood.
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GiveBlood 🩸🅰️🅱️🆎🅾️ 7 Nov 17
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It’s not to say white or Asian people can’t be B negative, or that all black people are B negative.
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GiveBlood 🩸🅰️🅱️🆎🅾️ 7 Nov 17
Replying to @GiveBloodNHS
It just means people from the same ethnic background are more likely to have the same blood groups.
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GiveBlood 🩸🅰️🅱️🆎🅾️ 7 Nov 17
Replying to @GiveBloodNHS
And for blood transfusions to work, you need well matched blood groups.
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GiveBlood 🩸🅰️🅱️🆎🅾️ 7 Nov 17
Replying to @GiveBloodNHS
NOW this is where it gets really important, so please make sure to take notes and stop messing at the back.
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GiveBlood 🩸🅰️🅱️🆎🅾️ 7 Nov 17
Replying to @GiveBloodNHS
Black people are more likely to have a rare subgroup called Ro. Ten times more likely than a white person.
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