As a Research Compliance Officer, I tried to add diverse opportunities for face-to-face discussion to the ethics education program. I am charged with creating thought provoking and meaning discussions on ethics, compliance and corporate governance. I offer lectures, sponsor hosted webinars, simulations, group discussions. I chose to share an ethics movie review of Ms. Evers’ Boys. This movie gives an amazing account of the true story of the U.S. Government’s 1932 Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment, in which a group of black test subjects were allowed to die, despite a cure having been developed.
We viewed this movie through the lenses of three fundamental ethical principles for using any human subjects for research:
All principles of the Belmont Report were violated in this movie. There were a series of conflicts of interest all of which evolved from this place of greater good for the race.
My main goal was to offer an entertaining way see human condition, human nature and human compassion braided together to create a bond between Ms. Evers and the men she recruited, deceived, care for and unselfishly dedicated her life. You will see the pressure to produce results by any means; to have fame that was marked as notoriety. So many elements of human subject protections were violated in this film for what was promoted as for the good.
The Original Ms. Evers’ Boys