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Gene/alogies for a New Millennium
Ties through blood—including blood recast
in the coin of genes and information—have been bloody
enough already. I believe that there will be no racial or sexua
peace, no livable nature, until we learn to produce humanity
through something more and less than kinship.
—Donna Haraway
In recent years scholarship on race in the humanities ha
recourse to scientific advances in genetic (in the newest c
‘‘genomic’’) research to argue that race is no longer a m
ful category or concept. As numerous scholars have asse
view of contemporary scientific evidence about genes and
heritanceofgenetictraits,thecollectionofpurportedessen
have been thought about and referred to as ‘‘race’’ cease t
In his famous article on W. E. B. Du Bois, for instance, A
Appiah suggests that essentialist arguments about race a
logically knowable essence lose their force in the face of n
netic
research.1
Scientists have proven that there is no g
race,asevidencedbythefactthatanytworandomlyselecte
bers of supposedlydistinct racial groups share as much gen
as any two members of the same racial group. As Appiah
because we now have proof that genes are in fact us, we n
longer believe that race, which has been proven to have ab
no genetic basis, is.
Appiah buttresses his argument with an array of statist
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