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Friday, December 5th 8:00PM Eastern/ 5:00PM Pacific
The Context of White Supremacy presents the sixth study session on Rebecca Skloot‘s non-fiction debut, The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks. Henrietta Lacks was a black mother of five children who was afflicted with cervical cancer; she died in 1951. Suspected Racists in White lab coats plundered genetic material from her without consent and have used her cells – code-named HeLa – to generate astronomical quantities of vaccines, cancer medications, in vitro fertilization, gene mapping and cloning – mostly to help Whites. Neither Ms. Lacks or her black family members received recompense for this likely act of “medical apartheid;” her relatives were not informed of this criminality until two decades after her death. Suspected Race Scientists continued their sleazy record by conducting experiments on her children – also without authorization. Last week’s episode offered further evidence of Skloot’s probable Racist diversions to black pathology and uncouth, uneducated, criminal representations of black people who do no warrant sympathy. White doctors were described as gods; black people – much like Michael Brown, Jr. – were branded devils. A profound portion of the text included the Lacks family being told that they should be proud of Henrietta’s contribution to science. I’m black and I’m proud. As Skloot is a White Woman, we’ll remain hyper-vigilant for continued influence of her likely Racist perspective on the structure of this publication.
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