Last edited by Tucker Case; 09-16-11 at 10:19 AM.
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Your argument borders on tautology. You refer to race a s social construct and then detail a situation where the researchers inputs this piece of socially constructed knowledge into a model and out comes the correlation. The whole notion of social construction is that it is divorced from any physical reality. If tomorrow we decided that every liberal would hence forth be socially classified as black and every conservatives would henceforth be socially classified as white, then the breast cancer model would lose all predictive value because when the researcher input "black" as the race of the woman who was being tested the model wouldn't be referencing any real genetic basis.The researcher input the social construct "race" into the model, and out come the correlation. A correct understand of the result is not that black women are more likely to get that type of cancer, but that a woman with a certain genetic mutation is more likely to get that type of cancer, and that what we describe as Black women are more likely to have that genetic mutation. Being White, or Hispanics or Asian, does not make a woman who has this genetic mutation less likely to get the cancer than a Black woman.
So clearly, when researchers are inputting a socially derived classification of black into the diagnostic model that socially derived racially classification is a.) outputting useful data from the model, and b.) the social classification is capturing the real genetic basis of race.
I'll say it again: Hispanic isn't a race according to the government. Therefore, your example about "race-related" diseases is flawed because you used a group of people that is NOT considered a race by the very organization you claim is "reaching out to racial groups". This has two implications: First, race is not as clear cut as you try to make it seem as evidenced by the fact you consider Hispanic a race and the government doesn't. Second, the differences in susceptibility to diseases that you listed with black vs. Hispanic women are NOT race-related differences.
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