Biological Myth

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Is race a biological myth? First, what is race? According to website, race is defined as a group of people identified as distinct from other groups because of supposed physical or genetic traits shared by the group. This website also says that, “Most biologists and anthropologists do not recognize race as a biologically valid classification, in part because there is more genetic variation within groups than between them”. These groups of people are united and classified together based on common history, nationality, or geographic distribution. When looking at this definition, my thoughts were that it says nothing about skin color, so I decided to pull out good old Webster’s. According to Webster’s dictionary, race is defined as division of mankind, based on skin color. How can two definitions of the same word be so different, is my question? Our books says, there are lots of different definitions for this word, and I found that to be true. Why must we classify people by the color of their skin, it just makes no sense to me. Our book says, we don’t, it also says all these meanings are inaccurate and based on theories scientists discarded generations ago. (Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the USA, 2014, p.9) …show more content…

I’m not sure is there is a right or wrong answer to this question, but I feel like my answer is yes. Yes, race is a biological myth. According to our book, biological race is based on the mistaken notion of a genetically isolated human group, and this is how I got my answer. It is scientifically and biologically impossible for there to be different races of humans because we are all part of one race, and that is the human race. Yes, we are all different but so are all animals. I think, many people fail to believe that race isn’t a biological category, because the distinction we make between races has nothing to do with genetic characteristics but with the color of people’s

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