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The Concept of Race Has No Scientific Basis




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Here’s the thing: the whole concept of Negroid, Caucasoid, Asiatic, that is the whole idea of “race” is completely without scientific foundation according to a consensus of current-day physical anthropologists.  These are the people who would be expected to know what is a race and what races people are.  Here is a short summary of the findings of the scientific paper that established the consensus:


Controversies over race conceptualizations have been ongoing for centuries and have been shaped, in part, by anthropologists.


To assess anthropologists’ views on race, genetics, and ancestry.


In 2012 a broad national survey of anthropologists examined prevailing views on race, ancestry, and genetics.


Results demonstrate consensus that there are no human biological races and recognition that race exists as lived social experiences that can have important effects on health.


Racial privilege affects anthropologists’ views on race, underscoring the importance that anthropologists be vigilant of biases in the profession and practice. Anthropologists must mitigate racial biases in society wherever they might be lurking and quash any sociopolitical attempts to normalize or promote racist rhetoric, sentiment, and behavior.

That’s right, you read correctly: “race exists as lived social experiences that can have important effects on health.”  And, “there are no human biological races.”

This may come as a surprise to some people.

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