Race: The Start of It All

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“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

The world has implemented segregations amongst our societies for millennia. Simply by observing society it is evident that it is drawn to isolate and divide itself into subgroups depending on distinct factors. Some of these are more crucial than others, and some have even become taboo in our culture. Race is one of the most essential partitions ever determined due to the controversial and ambiguous nature of the word itself (Andreasen 664). The word race comes loaded with differing meanings that are debated by numerous
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J. Rushton argues that the stereotypical racial divisions are not only an accurate taxonomy of society but also serves as a key divider of human species into a hierarchical community (Rushton, 41). It was mostly during the 19th through 20th centuries that race was widely known as a biological construct, and this was often referred to as biological realism (Andreasen, 653). In today’s time theorists, such as Franz Boas (Boasianism) and Stuart Hall, argue to abolish racial segregation due to biological standards, rather they see race as a discursive and social construct. Templeton said during a panel discussion on National Public Television’s “Race: The Power of an Allusion“ that there are not enough genetic differences between groups of people to say that there are sub lineages (races) of humans…There is more and more hard generic evidence that all of humanity has evolved as a single unit…”(Fitzpatrick) This idea of race being a social construct has gained great notoriety among prestige theorists of our modern time. Brown writes that genetic elasticity proves that there are no specific traits distinct to one group (race), that throughout history the different traits have been embedded into our genetics through generations and have been far too intermixed to define specific races (Brown,

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