September 26, 2010

25 Myths About Race and "Racism"

An updated and expanded edition of this article is available here: 25 Myths about Race: Myth 1 - Race Is a "Social Construct"


I'm working on a project to debunk the 25 most repeated myths about race and "racism." I've found that projects like this often benefit from multiple view-points, so I'm going to post one myth a day - until the list is complete - in the hopes that you will offer your suggestions, recommendations, and criticisms.

Myth #1: Race Is a Social Construct

Race is a biological fact that goes much more than skin deep. For almost a century physical anthropologists have been able to identify the race of an individual's remains by a cursory examination of his or her bones. Because of the vast differences among the races, modern medical science is increasingly focusing on the race of the patient. The Human Genome Project has clearly identified three races of humans (that correlate directly to those long identified by physical anthropology): Caucasian (Europeans, Middle Easterners, and North Africans), Negro (Sub-Saharan Africans), and Mongoloid (Asians and American Indians). The myth that “race is a social construct” is one of the few that can be traced back to an actual individual. It was created by Frans Boas, who forked anthropology by creating a branch of it known as “cultural” anthropology, in order to advance the idea that race is not a biological fact and only a “social construct.”

6 comments:

resist.com said...

I suggest you make one about the term "human race".

cybercutealicious said...

new fossil evidence points towards multi-regionalism with the break away point of almost a million years ago for caucasians and africans. But caucasians and asians are much closer.

Anonymous said...

Bulldust,the so called markers in DNA are enviromenta,l in other words it says where your ancestors came from not what "race"! There are many many incidents all over the world of peoples dna results showing a certain race but when the individual is actually identified they are completely different race.How many people know Obama has maternal AND paternal european ancestry but only paternal african ancestry?Or Tiger Woods has more european AND asian ancestry but very little african on both sides? You are a "RACIALIST".

Russell A. James said...

the so called markers in DNA are enviromenta,l in other words it says where your ancestors came from not what "race"!

That's the standard anti-White, Cultural Marxist response. It confuses race with racial evolution.

Evolution is the process of the environment acting on a sexually viable group. Races (sub-species) develop in relation to the environment the group lived in. So obviously, markers indicating race would also indicate the place that, that race developed.

Umar Bari said...

Asians and Europeans also share Neanderthal dna. So that by default makes them something a bit different from homo sapien. Whether this was a adaptation that was needed to allow those first humans that migrated from Africa the ability to survive the bitter cold and vitamin d deficit is questionable. Just something to think about.

Umar Bari said...

Asians and Europeans also share Neanderthal dna. So that by default makes them something a bit different from homo sapien. Whether this was a adaptation that was needed to allow those first humans that migrated from Africa the ability to survive the bitter cold and vitamin d deficit is questionable. Just something to think about.