Leprosy: Whites To Blame—Or Immigration?

Among many interesting stories on
the astonishingly industrious

Modern Tribalist
recently was

one on leprosy
. A new study of the leprosy genome
suggests the disease originated in East Africa. India
had previously been thought most likely source, partly because
of the volume of cases still occurring there, partly
because of the

of the Indian written record of leprosy.

This is yet another example of the

of modern genetic science. But of more
immediate significance to VDARE.COM readers is who was
blamed for the spread of leprosy in the news reports.

National Geographic News:

Leprosy Was Spread by Colonialism, Slave Trade

[May 12 2005]

BBC News:

Slave trade key to leprosy spread
[May 13

colonialism and the slave trade probably played a key
role in the spread of leprosy, research suggests.”)

China View
[May 13 2005]

“…the disease may have begun in
East Africa…then spread to the other continents in part
through European colonialism and later the slave trade.”

In other words, although this
ancient disease was rampant throughout Europe and Asia
by early medieval times, the study is being used as
another occasion to denigrate the whites of Western
Europe, solidly fixed in the media mind as the only
practitioners of colonialism and slave trading

In fact, of course, slavery in East
Africa was basically an Arab affair. And European
colonial rule in Africa only happened in the late 1800s,
long after leprosy had crossed the Atlantic. Leprosy
managed to establish itself all over other parts of the
world—it was a big problem in

19th century Norway
, for example—without
any help from the slave trade. And in any case, the
study indicates the disease spread into West
Africa, source of most slaves, from the Mediterranean

In reality, the transmission
mechanism was probably always travelers trading in any
merchandise, rather than masses of slaves, as has also
been the case with many other infectious diseases.

If anything, the spread of leprosy
should be blamed on an early version of globalism.

The source of this ahistorical
slander, sadly, is the

press release
put out by head of the

Pasteur Institute
unit responsible for the study, Dr
Stewart Cole:

“Europeans and North Africans then spread leprosy to West Africa…
Europeans also introduced leprosy to North America.

“`Colonialism was extremely
bad for parts of the world in terms of human health,`
said Cole.”

In other words, the brief
period of European rule in the Third World, which
triggered a population explosion there because of the
introduction of public health disciplines, law, order,
technology and capital, creating an improving living
standard the post- colonial regimes have been

pitifully unable
to maintain, was “extremely

Dr Cole is doubtless a
competent scientist. He is clearly a rotten historian
and, probably, another tediously self-hating Brit.
to Dr. Cole

However leprosy spread in
the past, the answer to stopping extension in the future
is obvious: curtail 3rd World immigration.


Canadian study
from last year showed 70% of the
leprosy cases evaluated were amongst immigrants from
India, the Philippines, and Viet Nam.


very frank story from the Columbia Journalism
School website (“Leprosy in America: New Cause for
by Ben Whitford, March 15 2005, in
case they take it down) makes it searingly clear that
leprosy is being imported to the U.S. by immigrants,
some of who deliberately come here for free treatment,
and that experts fear it will spread into the
native-born population.
a public health threat. New York is endemic now, and
nobody`s noticed”
William Levis, New York Hansen`s Disease Clinic)

The brutal truth is that
immigrants bring disease. That`s why they were screened
at Ellis Island and why the post-1965 collapse of
America`s borders is such a cause for concern. Leprosy
is only

one example

Peter Brimelow is editor of

and author of the much-denounced

Alien Nation: Common Sense About America`s Immigration
(Random House –
1995) and

The Worm in the Apple
(HarperCollins – 2003)