22 Jul 2011
- Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
“For the last three centuries, science… has been instrumental in justifying the concept of biological races—and this century’s genomic science is no different… Despite the scientific and political evidence, some scientists are attempting to modernize the myth that race is a biological category... What’s new is that today’s racial science claims to divide human beings into natural groups with more accurate precision and without the taint of racism.”
How Science, Politics and
Big Business Re-Create
Race in the 21st Century”
by Dorothy Roberts, Esq.
The New Press
The mapping of the human gene has established, scientifically, that there is only one race, the human race. So, one might naturally expect any arbitrary groupings by experts of individuals along color lines to cease. Think again. Regrettably, this is not the case, according to professor Dorothy Roberts of Northwestern Law School.
She is the author of “Fatal Invention,” a cautionary examination of the current state of affairs in terms of the intersection of ethnicity and bioethics. In the book, she issues a dire warning that researchers are repackaging outmoded notions of race by hiding behind benign-sounding euphemisms like “geographic ancestry” when they should really be disposing of such baseless categorizations entirely.
For example, you may be familiar with television commercials being run by ancestry-testing companies offering to determine what percent white, black, Asian and Native-American you are based on a DNA sample. However, the perspicacious professor Roberts warns that these ads erroneously “reinforce the myth that human beings were originally divided into pure races that exist in our genes.”
A seminal appeal for the findings of the Genome Project to be applied not in service of separation and exploitation but to promote the ideals of inclusion and equality among all members of the human family.
(To order a copy of “Fatal Invention,” visit: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1595584951/ref=nosim/thslfofire-20.)