The deep roots of scientific racism in research today

Jun 17, 2019, 5:16 AM EDT
(Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters/flickr)
(Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters/flickr)

Angela Saini, a London-based science journalist, in her latest book “Superior: The Return of Race Science” exposes a disturbing presence of deep-seated racist biases in the researcher community and how the devout believers of eugenics continue to foul science by surreptitiously funding shoddy studies with one aim — to prove and proclaim the superiority of one race.

Saini, who gleaned information from technical papers, reports, and studies from across the fields of science including biology, genetics, archaeology, etc, writes that races are still invoked in scientific works despite holding “no biological meaning but only social meaning,” reports Smithsonian.com.

After an extensive assessment of the methodologies and the lexicon of a big section of scientists, Saini doesn’t fail to observe how racial views are cloaked in more palatable language and concepts. Saini isn’t an advocate of going “colorblind” or “post-race” in scientific research but the inclusion of race — a social construct must be justifiable in the field it is being used.

 

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