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Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-First Century Hardcover – July 5, 2011
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Fatal Invention is an eye-opening, urgent, and ultimately inspiring exposé of the new racial science. Essential reading.” Danny Glover
Roberts has issued a compelling and provocative warning: our freedoms are threatened by a new biopolitics that reinforces a false concept of race and turns us into biocitizens’ whose DNA can be exploited both by the government and big business. Everyone concerned about social justice in America should read this powerful book.”
Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union
Race, like Freddy Krueger, keeps coming back after we believe we kill it. In this masterful book Roberts cogently shows that race has been rearticulated in perhaps more pernicious ways in medicine, biotechnology, and social policies. A terribly important book on how the fatal invention’ has terrifying effects in the post-genomic, post-racial’ era.”
Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, professor of sociology, Duke University, and author of Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States
Fatal Invention is a triumph! Race has always been an ill-defined amalgam of medical and cultural bias, thinly overlaid with the trappings of contemporary scientific thought. And no one has peeled back the layers of assumption and deception as lucidly as Dorothy Roberts."
Harriet A. Washington, author of Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present and Deadly Monopolies: The Shocking Corporate Takeover of Life Itself
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The other huge issue she discusses is the abuse of DNA evidenceby law enforcement. Many people think DNA is a smoking gun in law enforcement,with almost no chance of error. Roberts strongly argues that isn't the case at all. Human error or even deliberate fraud--Roberts mentions that the Houston police department was suspended from using it for a while-- can cause DNA evidence to lead to a wrongful conviction. Fatal Invention is one of the most important books published in the last few years.