Is race biologically real?

fundamental discussion of a primary issue.

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map_of_B_blood_in_the_world Frequency of the B type blood allele in native populations of the world

Is race biologically real? Or is it just a social construct?

In 1912 most Western scientists would have said yes, race is real, a fact of nature. They took it for granted as “obvious”. But in 2012 most geneticists and biological anthropologists would have answered no.

What seems to have changed their minds:

  1. The Holocaust made “race” seem like a dangerous idea now that white people were getting killed. Many scientists began to question it.
  2. Advances in genetics made race seem arbitrary, subjective and, at best, skin deep. It did not match what genes did.
  3. The rise of colour-blind racism in the US, which seeks to address the issue of race by – not seeing it!
  4. Out of Africa – once it became clear that humans came from Africa, not Europe or North Eurasia, scientists did not trade their…

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~ by Mbeti on April 22, 2014.

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