Watch Dorothy Roberts Explain Why Race-Based Medicine Doesn’t Work
TED Talks have emerged as a popular way for non-professionals, interested fans, and social media consumers alike to access the knowledge and advice of experts across various fields. In this particular one, sociologist, legal scholar, and Black feminist Dorothy Roberts discusses her experiences as a Black woman with a White father while dealing with medical professionals.
It was recorded at TedMed in November 2015 in Palm Springs, California. In the presentation, Roberts explains how inaccurate and unclear any medical research can be if it relies on socially constructed concepts like race. How does medicine best account for the variations in ethnicity, genealogy, and racial connectedness when someone identifies as Black or White but has parents who identify differently? The fact is, any medical research which uses race to address health concerns could be incomplete and less effective.
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