Professor: Cancer Researchers Should Show Their Faces to Prove They Aren't White

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Sure, you may have been saved from death by game-changing cancer research; but did that investigative endeavor kill cells of white supremacy?

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Such a question appears important to a college teacher.

University of Maryland Professor Christabel Cheung recently appeared in a lecture series about equity in anti-cancer work. The title of her presentation: “Antiracist Patient Engagement in Adolescent & Young Adult Oncology Research and Advocacy.”

In case you’re unclear on “antiracism,” CNN says it fights the following microaggressions:

  • “White privilege doesn’t exist.”
  • “All lives matter.”
  • “Don’t blame me; I never owned slaves.”
  • “I’m colorblind; I don’t care if you’re white, black, yellow, green or purple.”

Here’s more from UCLA Law Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw, as explained to Good Housekeeping:

“Antiracism is the active dismantling of systems, privileges, and everyday practices that reinforce and normalize the contemporary dimensions of white dominance. This, of course, also involves a critical understanding of the history of whiteness in America.”

According to Christabel, it’s amiss to only try and free folks from the claws of cancer; a plethora of patients are also caught in Caucasian clutches.

Attacking both illnesses does seem fitting, as whiteness itself is ostensibly malignant:

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At the beginning of Christabel’s address, she announced, “I’m an assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. In addition to that…I identify as a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People Of Color) researcher.”

And:

“I base my work on the theorizations of (How to Be an Antiracist author) Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, who…explains that there is no such thing as not being racist — that the heartbeat of racism, domestically in the United States, has been denial of racism. And the sound of that heartbeat has been the argument ‘I’m not a racist.’ … [W]e’re either being antiracist…or we’re being racist…”

Per images offered by the professor, she promotes “ethical and effective research methods” when “engaging with racially minoritized…patients who may be particularly vulnerable and exploited.” It’s critical to advance “antiracism for validation” of BIPOC individuals.

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Such affirmation includes creating trust by not having too many white researchers. Faces must be shown to prove an appropriate absence of Aryans:

“Here’s a snapshot into…what BIPOC [adolescent and young adult research subjects] are asking for. [One sufferer has insisted] ‘There has to be diversity at the helm. … Having representation of people of different races, ethnicities and cultures sets the tone of what their opinions, experiences, and knowledge is.’ So being able to see representation on the study team — having the faces of the study team be visible to participants — is very important in order to build rapport and also validate that the topics…being discussed are relevant to that population.”

Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor Christabel also delved into the “three dimensions of identity”:

Sex — Biological/physical attributes (e.g., intersex, male, female)

Gender — Internal sense of self

  • Cisgender = sex assigned at birth aligns with internal sense of self
  • Non-cisgender = sex assigned at birth does not align with internal sense of self (e.g., nonbinary, transgender)

Sexuality — Sexual/romantic attraction to others

  • Heterosexual = a person who is cisgender attracted to a different gender
  • Non-heterosexual = a person who is attracted to the same or various genders (e.g., gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, asexual)
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Is trying to kill cancer in a body entirely unrelated to the person’s self-perception? How about to their bawdy bedroom business? As indicated by the presentation, the answer to both is “no.”

Campus Reform reached out to the University of Michigan for comment on its antiracist cancer conference:

The…School of Social Work told [CR] that, when it comes to (Ibram X.) Kendi and antiracism, “If you are not part of the solution, then you are a part of the problem.”

“We know that people of different ‘skin colors’ (or sexual orientations, or gender  identities, or religious faiths, dis/abilities, or ages) experience life and cancer differently. … Therefore, research teams composed of people who have experienced different life circumstances permits that study team to conceptualize their research studies, questions, hypotheses, research methods and strategies in ways that increases the likelihood that the study results will be applicable to all people affected by cancer,” the spokesman said.

So goes modern medicine. And where cancer is concerned — including the ovarian kind — modern medicine is monumentally more modern than ever before…

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-ALEX

 

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