Thinking about systemic racism in the field of science

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It still exists. Because it’s systemic, it may not always be conscious, overt or deliberate but can lead to overt or deliberate racism by skewed public perception (such as “biological race must be a real thing because...’sickle cell’”...well,only a little bit of digging disproves that - and suspiciously, that was known since 1937 when eugenics had a hold on science and was being used for horribly overt racist politics). Though there may be a higher incidence of sickle cell in some populations, it can be found across the human race. Therefore it is not proof that biological race exists, but that sickle cell is human trait. Race is socially constructed, not genetic. There can be as many or more genetic differences between people who share the same “race”, who come from the same ethnic “backgrounds” as there are between people of different “races”, coming from different ethic “backgrounds”. However, genetically, we are all one race of humans that have been “racialized” into different genetic categories arbitrarily, and it’s a persistent myth that science seems to have a hard time breaking the habit of when they keep looking at “racial” genetics...which is a function of systemic racism. Race is socially constructed, not biological, in origin.


 
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“Race based” science is not doing humanity any favours at any time, because we share one world and the systemic disadvantages and damage caused by colonialism already exists around the world...but specifically not when it pops up in the middle of a pandemic, during politically dangerous times...and I think we need to give that some forethought.
 

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Racism is the eternal choice of us humans - especially the Christians. Christians were the ones who murdered millions in Latin America - and they're still doing it. The British Empire killed at least 400 million people, and enslaved and plundered many, many more. Among our famous racists was Hitler, of course. But American Christians have as happily killed as many (including their native people) as Hitler did. Churchill was as thorough a racist as Hitler ever was (yes. I'm not making that up) and, starting with Trump, we're seeing the rise of a whole new class of racists - us -as we launch into another war.

Christian churches should do some pretty serious thinking about why they have been racist for almost 2,000 years.

But they haven't thought about it for almost 2,000 years, and they aren't likely to start thinking.
 
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