By Rita Antwi
In which Rita tracks down the horrific historical and contemporary “abstractions” at play within scientific racism. This audio essay includes excerpts from Dr. Dre/ Kendrik Lamar’s song Deep Water, from the Compton album. Rita explains:
“There is a part in the song where a Black male is drowning. This symbolizes to me the helplessness that we sometimes face, especially in terms of scientific racism.”
Suggested resources for further inquiry:
This documentary is particularly useful: The Deadly Deception of the Tuskegee study
And this article gave me a lot of insight into what happened in Alabama, the aftermath, and how victims coped. It’s important to note that not only were the men with syphilis affected, but their families were greatly impacted as well.
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