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Books, Journals, New Media
January 2, 2002

Biology and RaceThe Emperor's New Clothes: Biological Theories of Race at the Millennium

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media

 

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by Joseph L. Graves, Jr, 252 pp, $28, ISBN 0-8135-2847-X, New Brunswick, NJ, Rutgers University Press, 2001.

JAMA. 2002;287(1):115-116. doi:10.1001/jama.287.1.115

At the end of the first paragraph of the aptly titled The Emperor's New Clothes, Joseph Graves, Jr, professor of evolutionary biology at Arizona State University, writes, "our society cannot progress toward true justice and equality until we exorcise racism from our collective consciousness." Graves firmly asserts that debunking the idea of race-as-biology is an essential first step to eliminating racism. His book helps set the path toward a "post-racial" human biology and, hopefully, a decline in racism in science and society.

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