By Christina Santi, ebony.com
According to Westfair Communications, 323 Main Street, a restaurant and bar in Westport, Connecticut had a cocktail named “The Tuskegee Experiment,” on its menu. The inspiration for the drink came from the racially motivated medical experiment and has provoked a backlash from customers and residents.
The signature cocktail featured Malibu rum, Myers dark rum, fresh lime, pineapple juice, bits of pineapple and jalapeno, and a splash of Tabasco sauce. It was named after the research experiment, “The Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male,” which took place in the 1930s at Tuskegee University, a historically Black college in Alabama.
The 40-year medical study falsely used African-American me to observe what untreated syphilis did to the body. The men did not receive penicillin for the treatment of the disease and were under the assumption they were receiving free healthcare. Hundreds of them died, several of their wives contracted the STD and a number of their children were born with congenital syphilis, reports the CDC.