Race + 21 Century Eugenics Panel- 25 February 2001

Les Schaffer schaffer at SPAMoptonline.net
Mon Feb 12 19:51:19 MST 2001


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RACE, BIOTECH AND EUGENICS IN THE NEW GLOBAL MILLENNIUM

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CROSS THE "BIOTECH BORDER"!!

LEARN ABOUT
THE NEW HUMAN
BIOTECHNOLOGIES
genetically engineering human
eggs and sperm
artificial human
chromosomes
The human genome
project

manufacturing sperm

human cloning
HISTORY OF EUGENICS AND
PEOPLE OF COLOR
CONNECTING WITH THE GLOBAL FIGHT
AGAINST RACISM

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SUNDAY -  FEBRUARY 25TH 1-3 PM
HUNTER COLLEGE - 68th St. + Park
Avenue- New York City
ROOM to be announced at the coolege

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SPONSORED BY: (in formation) Public Interest Biotechnology, The
National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights, The Black Radical Congress
- NY Metro chapter, the Committee Against Anti Asian Violence, The
Forum of Indian Leftists, the Filipino Committee, Malcom X Grassroots
movement, the Audrey Lord Project

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Historians of medicine and science know well how the history of
eugenics (1) and biomedical abuses (2) in the last two centuries has
tainted the study of human genetics. The co-mingling of racist and
eugenic thought and practice in the United States in previous
centuries is never far from people's thoughts when thinking about
biomedicine and biotechnology. The history of American eugenics,
including studies of "feeblemindedness" and forced sterilizations of
the mentally retarded, the incarcerated, and women of color as ways to
promote "racial hygiene", are part of this ugly legacy. Far too many
biomedical abuses have led many people of color to the perception of
science "being used against us". The Nazi establishment's borrowing of
this tradition with the concept of racial hygiene reaching its climax
in the Nazi atrocities, is our culture's prime example of "genetics"
gone insane.  The Human Genome Project in particular has raised
criticism in part related to this historical context.

It is our belief that the nature and pace of biotechnological
developments demand attention progressive people of color. Certain
biotechnologies have such power to affect society and so little
democratic input in their development, that their development must be
prudently slowed or stopped until such measures are in place. Most
progressive people of color will recognize the eugenic implications of
these technologies. The history of racism and eugenics in the
U.S.A. call people of color and conscience to be extremely skeptical
of what is now euphemistically called "genetic
enhancements. Especially in the light of statements such as the one
belowS .........

[In the futureS] "The GenRich-who account for 10 percent of the
American population-all carry synthetic genesS All aspects of the
economy, the media, the entertainment industry, and the knowledge
industry are controlled by members of the GenRich classS Naturals work
as low-paid service providers or as laborersS [Eventually] the GenRich
class and the Natural class will becomeS entirely separate species
with no ability to cross-breed, and with as much romantic interest in
each other as a current human would have for a chimpanzeeS But in all
cases, I will argue, the use of reprogenetic technologies is
inevitable, whether we like it or not, the global marketplace will
reign supreme."  Lee Silver, professor of molecular biology and
neuroscience at Princeton University.

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However, a serious problem towards addressing these technologies is
the "biotech border"...most people, and especially most people of
color, don't even know these developments are occurring. Learning
about these technologies is CRITICAL.  In addition, a race analysis of
human biotechnologies in a global context is absent in most
discussions going on amongst global-minded progressives.

An awareness of racism in the anti-globalism movement is
growingSElizabeth "Betita" Martínez called the question in her
article, "The WTO: Where Was the Color in Seattle?" (See
http://www.arc.org/C_Lines/CLArchive/story3_1_02.html )

Together we will LEARN and DISCUSS about biotechnological developments
and their implications, history of racism and eugenics Connections to
the UN World Conference Against Racism Durban, South Africa, August 28
to September 7

Speakers include Jose Morales Ph.D. Director, Public interest
Biotechnology Richard Hayes, Exploratory Initiative on the New Human
Genetic Technologies

The session would be concurrent (Hunter College, Sun February 25th) a
teach-in on Technology and Globalization sponsored by The
International Forum on Globalization, New York Open Center, The
International Center for Technology Assessment, The Turning Point
Project, Lapis Magazine, and the Nation Institute...

Saturday, February 24 & Sunday, February 25, 2001 Hunter College, 695
Park Avenue at 68th Street in New York City ...with 40 Speakers + 25
Workshops






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