The Biggest Lie About Race? That It's Real

Dorothy Roberts says race is a social and political construct, and she won't rest until we know it.

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DR: Yes, not talking about it doesn't do anything to eradicate it. We know now that intending to be color-blind only leaves in place and allows to expand the institutional inequities that are based on race and continue to affect every aspect of people's lives in this country. Yes, even their health -- but it's affected by race because the political division of race affects institutions that treat people unequally, not because there is some natural genetic division among us.

Jenée Desmond-Harris is a contributing editor at The Root.

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