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Friday, November 14th 8:00PM Eastern/ 5:00PM Pacific
The Context of White Supremacy hosts the third installment on Rebecca Skloot‘s bestselling non-fiction publication, The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks. Henrietta Lacks was a black mother of five who labored through cervical cancer; she died in 1951. Suspected Racists in White lab coats stole genetic material from her without consent and have used her cells – code-named HeLa – to produce untold amounts of vaccines, cancer medications, in vitro fertilization, gene mapping and cloning – mostly for the benefit of Whites. Neither Ms. Lacks or her black family members were not compensated for this likely act of “medical apartheid;” her relatives were not informed of the theft until two decades after her death. Suspected Race Scientists continued their immoral legacy by conducting research on her children – also without consent. The ceaseless violation of Ms. Lacks and her family should be placed within the context of White Supremacist medical practices including the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment, forced sterilizations, prison experiments, 21st century campaigns to restrict black people’s access to quality medical care, and the current global hysteria about Ebola. As Skloot is a White Woman, we’ll remain hyper-vigilant for the influence of her possible Racist perspective on the structure of this tragedy.
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