By Darrian S.

Imperialism is the same as invasion of someone’s privacy. The story of Henrietta Lacks is similar to imperialism because the connection between the European imperialism in Africa and the Henrietta lacks story is that both African and Henrietta were both being used by high authority. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Henrietta Lacks, was an African- American raised by her grandfather with a lot of her cousins. , who got her cells taken from her illegally without her knowing. They named it “HeLa cells’ because they had no reason why the cells couldn’t die. The cells worth billions of dollars and also save lots of lives at that time.

The definition of imperialism is the practice of a larger country or government growing stronger by taking over poorer or weaker countries that have important resources.

Doctors took her cells without asking.” The inside flap continues, “Henrietta’s family did not learn of her ‘immortality’ until more than 20 years after her death, when scientists investigating HeLa began using her husband and children in research without informed consent. And though the cells had launched a multimillion-dollar industry that sells human biological materials, her family never saw any of the profits. Cells removed from her body-without her family’s permission. At the same time Gey found that her tumor cells were actually dividing and growing in his laboratory, a first for science. He began sending samples around the world and ordered his 21-year-old assistant, Mary Kubicek, to take more cells from Henrietta while her body lay in the hospital’s autopsy room.

When European took over and colonizes Africa, it become like it’s there because no one can tell them what to do. They are in charge of everything they colonized.

European imperialism in Africa connects to the Henrietta lacks situation because European countries colonized Africa. The reason for that was Africa had some of the things European countries wanted so that why they decided to colonize the Africa. Africa’s development makes it easier for European countries to control part of it because European can do what they feel like and there’s no one to tell them anything. And the problem with Henrietta lacks case was the doctors just take the cells without her knowing because it was an independent ward which she didn’t know what the doctors were doing. All she was worried about is to get better and hoping for the doctor to not stop her from having kids.


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