Ask Cornell West

Today I was watching an old Nightline on my TiVo. The episode was about a man who took a DNA test to determine his race. He was in his 50's and he lived his whole life as a black man in America. The test does not turn out the way he would expect. He has to rethink some of his ideas about himself when he sees the results.

I am not going to say that race does not matter, but I will wonder what it matters for. There are racial differences in America, but they are more about perception then biology. I wonder that I would see if I took the same test. Would it change anything about how I see myself?


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