Britain’s National Health Service Nailed Its Response To A Twitter User's Racist Remark

"We would not welcome you as a blood donor so please do not try to attend one of our sessions."

Back in June, the official blood service account for Britain's National Health Service took to Twitter to announce a need for more Black blood donors to help patients with sickle cell anemia.

According to the National Institutes of Health, individuals with the inherited form of anemia have abnormal hemoglobin in their red blood cells, which causes the cells to develop into an atypical shape and impair the flow of blood and oxygen throughout the body. The disease disproportionately affects Black individuals, hence the NHS' appeal for Black blood donors.

Roughly four months after the NHS made that important request, a Twitter user who goes by the handle @lmGrunenWalde issued a racist and despicable response. Though the account has since been suspended, HuffPost reports @lmGrunenWalde replied with "If we deport all blacks, this will stop being an issue."

The NHS wasted no time putting this Twitter troll back in his or her place, retorting, "OR.. we could just deport you."

The NHS account later told the Twitter user, "We would not welcome you as a blood donor so please do not try to attend one of our sessions."

In fact, the NHS' response to ignorance was so well received, that many people tweeted that it encouraged them to donate blood. Take a look at some of the reactions below:

Furthermore, a spokesman from NHS Blood and Transplant told The BBC, "Donors from all backgrounds are fundamental to our life-saving work. There is no place for any kind of racism within our online communities and we do not tolerate abusive and offensive behavior."

The spokesman also once again emphasized the overwhelming need for racially diverse blood donors, because only one percent of active blood donors in England are from Black or mixed race communities. The more diverse the pool of blood donors is, the spokesman asserted, the better the long-term outcomes for various patients.

Cover image via Shutterstock / panyawat bootanom.

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