NYT: Why White Supremacists Are Chugging Milk (and Why Geneticists Are Alarmed)

Saturday, November 24th, 2018

New York Times
Why White Supremacists Are Chugging Milk (and Why Geneticists Are Alarmed)

In recent months, some scientists have spotted distortions of their own academic papers in far-right internet forums. Others have fielded confused queries about claims of white superiority wrapped in the jargon of human genetics. Misconceptions about how genes factor into America’s stark racial disparities have surfaced in the nation’s increasingly heated arguments over school achievement gaps, immigration and policing.

“Sticking your neck out on political issues is difficult,” said Jennifer Wagner, a bioethicist and president of the group’s social issues committee, who had sought to convene a panel on the racist misuse of genetics and found little traction.