Friday, June 17th 8:00PM Eastern/ 5:00PM Pacific
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the 9th study session on Harriet A. Washington’s spectacular work, Medical Apartheid: The Dark History Of Medical Experimentation On Black Americans From Colonial Times To Present. Washington’s awesome research exposes intentional, premeditated exploitation of black bodies under the guise of “science.” Washington’s book should permanently alter black people’s interpretation of the scientific developments of whitefolks – like the “crispr” gene editing technology and DNA tracing websites that stockpile genetic material. Last week’s sectioned detailed how black prisoners were disproportionately targeted for dangerous experiments when they could not give consent free from coercion. In one of the most important segments of the book, Washington explained how the CIA tested drugs that “could cause ‘loss of speech, loss of sensitivity to pain, loss of memory, loss of will power and an increase in toxicity in persons with a weak type of central nervous system.’ They tested the drug exclusively on African American prisoners, whom Bailey routinely referred to as ‘niggers,’ at the Louisiana State Penitentiary.” This book should be required reading for all individuals classified as black.
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