The connection between race, genetics, and health is one that I thought was a clear cut fact. However, after reading the articles assigned to us this week, the only thing the is clear cut is that nothing is clear cut. For example, Marie Leroi of the New York Times stated that, “…the recognition of race may improve medical care. Different races are prone to different diseases.” However, as stated in the article, it is becoming more and more apparent the it is an, “…ambiguous picture.” For me, this continues what I think is an overarching theme in this class that race is a poor basis for analysis. Race, while it is used by some as the only way to categorize a person, is an imperfect and (for the most part) a purely physical characteristic. We, as human beings, are much more similar than people like to admit. Our reading this week cited the assertion (one that I had heard in the past) that African-Americans are more susceptible to hypertension. However, studies of people in West Africa (many of whom African-Americans are descendant) have relatively low blood pressure, debunking the idea that African-Americans were genetically susceptible. Anthropologists attempted to perpetuate the argument by proposing that the reason African-Americans were susceptible to hypertension was due to them being descendants of slaves and slavery was to blame. This perpetuation of a racist hypothesis that has been debunked is still being accepted as a possible explanation. I had thought that medicine was a field that could rise above racial stereotypes and stick to the scientific facts. However, even the editor of the journal Psychosomatic Medicine, a person who is a proponent of the slavery hypothesis, called critics of the hypotheses too “left-thinking.” It has become apparent that the human bias is alive and well in the medical and scientific community.