The point of our objection is that this study draws on a racist epistemological frame despite centuries of Black radical anticolonial activism and scholarship produced in opposition to these framings. The implications of this study are that Black women bear the burden of its findings, while Black knowledges are debased and erased.
Abstract There is long-standing tension regarding whether and how to use race or geographic ancestry in biomedical research. We examined multiple self-reported measures of race and ancestry from a cohort of over 100,000 U.S. residents alongside genetic data. We found that these measures are often non-overlapping, and that no single self-reported measure alone provides a better fit to genetic ancestry than a combination including both race and geographic ancestry. We also found that patterns of reporting for race and ancestry appear to be influenced by participation in direct-to-consumer genetic ancestry testing. Our results demonstrate that there is a place for the language of both race and geographic ancestry as we seek to empower individuals to fully describe their family history in research and medicine.
One Sentence Summary Self-identification in the United States according to both racial and geographic terms best reflects genetic ancestry in individuals.