Strange Fruit: Why Both Sides are Wrong in the Race Debate

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Debates about race are back and they’re only getting bigger. There has recently been a massive upsurge in scientific racial research. The US government has licensed a heart drug to be used only on African Americans. A pharmaceutical company is trialling a white-only anti-hepatitis drug. Commercial companies produce DNA kits to allow individuals to trace their racial ancestry. A genetic study claims that Jews are more intelligent because their history of money lending and other financial occupations favoured genes associated with cleverness. Malik boldly argues that this rise in the science of race and the preservation of racial ideas is paradoxically due to the efforts of liberal anti-racism; a movement that demands the preservation and celebration of human difference over human commonalities. The only hope for finding the truth about race lies in exposing the irrationality in both racial science and anti-racism, and allowing science to study population differences without the distortions of political race debates, because, as Malik unflinchingly explains, races do not exist. Kenan Malik is a full time writer and broadcaster, and lives in London

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Kenan Malik is a writer, lecturer, broadcaster, and Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of Surrey, UK. He writes regularly for The Times, the Guardian, Prospect, and New Statesman, and has made a number of acclaimed TV documentaries. His books include The Meaning of Race: Race, History and Culture in Western Society (1996), and Man, Beast and Zombie: What Science Can and Cannot Tell us about Human Nature (2000) which Professor Steve Jones has described as `a ray of commonsense in a fog of pseudo-science'.

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Starred Review. In 1996, a 9,000-year-old skull was excavated near Kennewick, Wash., and quickly became the focus of a charged debate between scientists and Native American groups who battled over the race of the skeleton and which group could claim ownership. The controversy over race, biology and genealogy is an ideal touchstone for this smart and sensible book that brilliantly encapsulates the incident, asking: Who owns knowledge? and why antiracism has come to be defined in opposition to scientific rationality. While race is increasingly regarded as a social construct, not biological reality, Malik (Man, Beast and Zombie) demonstrates how the contemporary obsession with identity has propelled a dangerous—and liberal—tendency to romanticize race. Commonalities are being downplayed, according to the author, as individuals are seeking answers in terms of history and heritage. Malik's argument will likely stimulate further controversy—he wrestles with Enlightenment and Romantic philosophies, political correctness, identity politics and racism, not to mention the repatriation of cultural artifacts. A neat summary of the history of thinking behind race, the book projects not a milquetoast middle ground but rational approaches for moving forward in a racialized world. (Aug.)
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