To defeat the Ebola epidemic, the American government and American Ebola responders must begin a campaign of truth-telling and atonement, asking for the forgiveness of the domestic and global community for its past history of medical mistreatment. Ebola responders must be ready to give an accounting of what our government has done wrong and sincerely apologize, if they have any hope of making things right. The framing of the fight against Ebola as a matter of national security might allow for the mobilization of key military resources, but it sends the wrong message. By invoking the justification of national security in the militarization of humanitarian aid, America is sending the message that "we are here in West Africa, not to protect you, but to protect ourselves from you." In doing so, we are continuing the legacy of viewing Africa as a dirty and diseased place while obscuring our history of past and even recent unethical medical mistreatment.