Dorothy Roberts: “Fatal Invention”

Over at Colorlines, Julianne Hing has an interview with Professor Dorothy Roberts on her new book, Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the 21st Century. 

The premise of the book examines how scientists still focus on racial stratification being due to genetic differences. I found Roberts’ discussion of race as a “political category,” particularly interesting. In the interview, she explains the “political category” as:

the very practice of dividing human beings into large groupings, that the very idea that it’s important to do thant and that there is a natural way to do it, is a political belief and it creates a political system to govern people. It has political origins in colonialism and slavery.

Roberts gives a shoutout here also to “a growing group of scientists, epidemiologists, and others primarily in public health” who work to deconstruct biological definitions of race. I’ve added the book to my own personal list and look forward to reading it.

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