Monday, February 7, 2011

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Why the white man who invented DNA testing could be honored as a part of Black History

I couldn't help but to read this story that came out last week. It's the story of a man named Barney, (not the James nor the Jim) Brown. Mr. Brown was recently freed from prison in 2009 from a rape charge in 1970. He spent 38 years of his life in prison at the age of 14. He has since spent his time trying to teach children to be the best they can be. Now, Mr. Brown is not a DNA exonoree, but it came to my attention since recently alot of men, predominately African-American, have been freed as a result of DNA testing.

So I have begun to wonder: Should the white man that invented DNA testing be honored during Black History Month? I've been wondering about this cause after all, DNA testing has freed more men of color then the Emancipation Proclamation. It's true actually because the Proclamation only freed slaves in Confederate States. But if you're secceding from the country, would you actually listen to the president?

But none the less, Barney Brown's story, like that of Joseph Abbitt, Clarence Bradley and so many others shows how unjust the Judicial System can be. It's greatful that we live in a new technological age, where things can be much more clearer from previous times. So as we commerate the achievements of so many African-American men and women, I do wonder, should we also think the white man who came up with DNA testing? Who knows? We've invented so many stuff and don't get credit, it could've been a black man that came up with it. But secrets tend to be buried, until further testing

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