“Fatal Invention – Debunking Myths about biological bases of race”
For this assignment you will apply the knowledge you’ve gained from reading and discussing Dorothy Roberts’ Fatal Invention to a contemporary issue found in traditional written news outlets (e.g., newspapers and magazines) or the blogosphere. Select an instance where race is incorrectly being used as a biological concept (as opposed to social and political) in medicine/pharmacy, ancestry testing, or criminal justice and write a 2-page (double spaced) paper that states the following:
1. Describe the issue:
• What incident took/is taking place?
• Where and when did it happen?
• Who are the parties involved?
• Where did you first come across this event/incident? (cite your source using the proper in-
text APA formatting and include in bibliography)
2. Explain how the concept of race is being used improperly:
• Using and citing what you’ve learned from Fatal Invention, critique the logic and reasoning
of those using race as if it were a biological concept. Where are they going wrong? How should they be explaining what has happened?
3. Those who benefit and those who suffer:
• Who benefits from science being used in this way? How? Think about both immediate and
• What are the potential detrimental effects of using science in this way? Why? Think about
both immediate and long-term consequences.
4. Personal reflection:
• How is the issue related to your life, experiences, feelings and ideas?
You must include a bibliography. Use the following format:
1. A title page with your name, the name of the course, the date, the semester, and a paper title 2. Please remember that papers should be 1-2 pages (double-spaced).
3. Use proper formatting:
a) 12 pt. standard font (e.g., Times New Roman, Arial) b) Double-spaced
c) Add page numbers somewhere
d) Indent paragraphs (one tab)
e) Justify paragraph margins
f) Document margins should be 1” all around.
The paper should follow established practice with regard to citations and references. For citation and bibliography format see: “A Quick Style Guide for Students Writing Sociology Papers” by the American Sociological Association (follows APA format): https://www.asanet.org/sites/default/files/savvy/documents/teaching/pdfs/Quick_Tips_for_AS A_Style.pdf
OWL at Purdue is also a great resource: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_style_introduction.html
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