Why I’m speaking about human genetic engineering as a Black woman with disabilities
Publication/Creation DateApril 20 2017
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."
, Social Issues
, Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA)
Date archivedOctober 8 2018
Last editedOctober 8 2018