Stroud Book Festival – Day 3 How to Argue with a Racist, Adam Rutherford & IN NEARBY BUSHES with Kei Miller
How to Argue with a Racist with Adam Rutherford
Sabrina Pace-Humphreys interview with Adam Rutherford was exceptionally interesting. In his book and the interview Adam discusses his background in genetics and how to challenge ‘science’ that is being used to strengthen racist ideologies.
Rutherford has noticed how academics and the public are having a different conversation when talking about ‘race’ in terms of genetic differences and discusses how public discourse on politics, migration, education, sport and intelligence are skewed. He discusses the questions we need to ask when addressing them;
- Is it true?
- Do we have a decent data set?
- Does it matter
Noticing media bias and how it is often people’s socio-economic background, and geography as well as genetics that all play a role in each individuals strengths. Adam delves into how in sport, music and intelligence the media is at fault for skewing the public perception of people.
On the topic of ‘How to argue with a racist’ Adam says that you cannot reason someone into a position they cannot reason themselves into’. However, conversations with people can make all the difference – culturally ingrained racism can be cured through uncomfortable conversations and becoming comfortable with being uncomfortable .
The interview looks at the history of racism also, looking at the construction of racist boundaries and also looks at the ‘Cheddar Man’ whose geonomes were extracted and a gentic profile created and pigmintation caused a stir.
I highly recommend watching this interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0lrSbVupcg it is a fascinating conversation.
Race is real because we perceive it. Racism is real because we enact it. But the appeal to science to strengthen racist ideologies is on the rise – and increasingly part of the public discourse on politics, migration, education, sport and intelligence. Stereotypes and myths about race are expressed not just by overt racists, but also by well-intentioned people whose experience and cultural baggage steer them towards views that are not supported by the modern study of human genetics. Even some scientists are uncomfortable expressing opinions deriving from their research where it relates to race. Yet, if understood correctly, science and history can be powerful allies against racism, granting the clearest view of how people actually are, rather than how we judge them to be. HOW TO ARGUE WITH A RACIST is a vital manifesto for a twenty-first century understanding of human evolution and variation, and a timely weapon against the misuse of science to justify bigotry.
IN NEARBY BUSHES with Kei Miller
Adam Horowitz presents Kei Miller who reads from his collection of poetry ‘In Nearby Bushes’. Exquisitely read Miller also gives explanations about his poems during this event.
He also answers questions about his inspiration, linguistics, poetic form, and much more.
If you missed the event you can still watch it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCgJXkQN71E&t=625s. Perfect if you love poetry.
Shortlisted for the Derek Walcott Prize 2020
Longlisted for the 2020 Polari Prize
A Telegraph Book of the Year 2019
The highly anticipated new collection from Forward Prize-winner Kei Miller explores his strangest landscape yet – the placeless place. Here is a world in which it is both possible to hide and to heal, a landscape as much marked by magic as it is by murder.