The Ethics of Race and Biomedicine

“The emerging biopolitics of race has three main components. First, some scientists are resuscitating biological
theories of race by using cutting-edge genomic research to modernize old racial typologies that were based on
observations of physical differences. Science is redefining race as a biological category written in our genes.
Second, the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries are converting the new racial science into products
that are developed and marketed according to race and that incorporate assumptions of racial difference at the
genetic level. Finally, government policies that are officially color-blind are stripping poor minority communities
of basic services, social programs, and economic resources in favor of corporate interests while simultaneously
imposing on these communities harsh forms of punitive regulation. These dehumanizing policies of
surveillance and control are made invisible to most Americans by the emerging genetic understanding of race
that focuses attention on molecular differences while obscuring the impact of racism in our society.” (Dorothy
Roberts, Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century
[New York: The New Press, 2011], p. x.
Answer one of the following questions, incorporating direct reference to the readings in your response; your
response must be two fully typed pages (double-spaced, 12 point font) and no fewer than 500 words and you
MUST use the Roberts text in your response:
Consider the film “Get Out” and the deeply-held notions of the biological characteristics of race it exposes.
What fears/concerns/suspicion of medical practice/research does this film depict? How do any of the
pronouncements of the U.S. Catholic bishops regarding race (from 1958 to 2018) address these concerns, if at

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