Why I’m speaking about human genetic engineering as a Black woman with disabilities

Why I’m speaking about human genetic engineering as a Black woman with disabilities


Publication/Creation Date
April 20 2017
Creators/Contributors
Anita Cameron (creator)
Center For Genetics And Society (creator)
Persuasive Intent
Information
Description
[Image Description: a headshot of Anita Cameron. She is wearing a dark burgandy sweater and has a small smile on her face].

Anita Cameron is a Black, working class disability justice activist who is part of the US grassroots, direct-action disability rights organization, ADAPT. Cameron discusses the history of her activist and political work, fighting for the rights and freedom of those in her community, as well as her recent work around disability justice and human genetic engineering

Anita questions whether technologies like gene editing will exacerbate the racism, ableism, and classism that currently exists in our healthcare system and our society as a whole. She explores the ways in which this will especially affect Black, poor, disabled people. She writes,

"There is a history of Black Americans and people with, or perceived to have, disabilities being subjected to unwanted procedures. This includes state-sanctioned sterilization, as well as having our communities exposed to scientific “studies” and experimentation without our consent or knowledge. So, it’s not surprising that when it comes to an experimental procedure like genetic engineering, we are going to have our suspicions."
HCI Platform
Other
Location on Body
Entire Body
Source
https://www.geneticsandsociety.org/biopolitical-times/why-im-speaking-about-human-genetic-engineering-black-woman-disabilities

Date archived
October 8 2018
Last edited
October 8 2018
How to cite this entry
Anita Cameron, Center for Genetics and Society. (April 20 2017). "Why I’m speaking about human genetic engineering as a Black woman with disabilities". Center for Genetics and Society. Fabric of Digital Life. https://fabricofdigitallife.com/index.php/Detail/objects/3289