Eracing the brain is a platform that interrogates racism by considering not just its sociological foundation, but also by considering its neurological determinants. Ultimately, our aim is to reconcile the link between our brain and our actions as racialized subjects, and to query whether the field of neuroscience might have something to offer.
Our vision is to advance a world where the various determinants that feed racism can be thoroughly explored and ultimately “eraced.” We hope to contribute to an existing body of scientific and sociological inquiry on this topic, by mobilizing existing research and encouraging additional exploration on the relationship between the brain and racism.
My name is Christopher Luk and I am a sophomore at UCLA. I was born in Hong Kong, but went to Boston for high school at age 13. It was in America that I began to become fascinated with biology, more specifically neuroscience. The turning point was when I read the book The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks, and it was then that I totally fell in love with the complexity of the brain.
Coming from Hong Kong and growing up in America, issues of race has always surrounded me, and I have always held deeply rooted questions regarding race and society. As I respond daily to our current, race-sensitive climate, I was compelled to create a website, EracingTheBrain.com, that would align my fascination of the brain and my efforts to create a world free of racism and implicit bias. I hope that this website will serve as a platform that mobilizes those of us who think about the implications that racism has on the brain, and who are curious about whether or not neuroscience can offer any insights on how we might mitigate the impact of racism and eventually eliminate it.