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Our next service: April 8 at 4:00 pm
The Treasure of RaceThe proper understanding of the pathways and mechanisms by which differences in people (modern humans) arose and now exist could be a powerful tool in the efforts to end racism.
However, although we are learning more every day through the study of the DNA of archaic humans (those living from about 550,000 to 20,000 years ago and who are now extinct), this knowledge is not widely available to the public or even to any persons not in the field and is rarely taught in the schools. Some people have knowledge of a few archaic groups such as the Neanderthals and the Denisovans, however, it is not obvious that this knowledge has sometimes been gathered in a racist way and both has and is being interpreted in a racist way.
And the limits of our present-day knowledge are also not that obvious.
The part implicit bias plays in scientific studies of evolution and race has not been well covered in the UUA’s efforts to confront and correct racial inequities in our organization and the wider society.
Let us not say later that we did not know. Becoming aware is an ethical mission and is part of our UU heritage.
Jill Clarridge is a professor emerita at the University of Washington with expertise in the biological sciences. Jill is a long-time member of KUUF and has presented both there and at other UU venues. Her presentation on the topic of deep evolution of race and its social and ethical implications will be both thoughtful and lively.