Is race biologically real?

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 white supremacism for black supremacism. Instead it was: “Race does not matter!”
Community Village‘s insight:
The words ‘haplogroup’ and ‘haplotype’ are the scientific replacements for the word race.
The word ‘cline’ is the poetic replacement for the word race.
The best book I’ve read on this topic is ‘The Nature of Race: How Scientists Think and Teach about Human Difference’ by Ann Morning
- – @getgln

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Bhagat Singh Thind

 

Bhagat Singh Thind(1892-1967), an Indian American spiritual teacher and writer, was denied US citizenship in United States v. Bhagat Singh Thind (1923). The Supreme Court ruled, 9 to 0, that while Thind was arguably Caucasian, he was not white.

 

Community Village‘s insight:

Click through to read the whole article.This story paints the picture of one man’s personal sovereignty, dignity and persistence vs the twisted thinking of U.S. xenophobia. An amazing story that should be made into a movie. @getgln

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American ethnic groups: a brief history: 1492 to 2100

The mix of people who live in what are now the 50 United States (and DC) has changed greatly over the past 500 years and will probably keep on changing till at least 2100. Here are four snapshots (…

I love the graphics and all the work Abagond put into this article.
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It will be interesting to see what the Mixed Race numbers look like over time, or if governments will continue to reclassify mixed race people into mono racial groups.
@getgln

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interracial relationships


An interracial relationship (IRR) is a dating or married relationship between people from different races. This post is about the ones in America. It is an overview post – click on links to go deep…

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Tainos

The Taínos (tah-EE-noes), commonly called the Arawak Indians, were the main people who lived in the Caribbean when Columbus arrived in 1492. They are the ones he called “Indians”, thinking he was i…

Community Village‘s insight:
Many Spanish settlers took Taino wives. They brought in African slaves to take the place of dead Taino workers. Today Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic are, genetically and culturally, mostly a mix of Spanish, Taino and West African:
  • Puerto Rico: genetically 10% to 15% Taino”

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Books on American history

The perfect American history book would be produced by five historians: a Black American, a Native American, a White American, an Asian American and a Latino American. They would each have equal editorial control, with the Native American as the head.

Community Village‘s insight:

I have read Nell Irvin Painter’s book “The History of White People” and can attest that she’s a great writer who provides a good amount of detail while being accessible at the same time. When I say accessible, I mean she doesn’t write only at the level of genius professor.

I have a different James W. Loewen book called “Teaching What Really Happened”. I haven’t finished it yet but what I have read is really good. He has other books I want to read: Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism; The Mississippi Chinese : Between Black and White.
All his books have around four out of five stars on Amazon:

I have heard good things about “Occupied America: A History of Chicanos”. It has around 4 stars on Amazon and is in it’s 7th edition now.

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March on Washington, 1963

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Demands:

* Pass the Civil Rights Bill.

* Desegregate all school districts.

* End discrimination in housing and employment or lose federal funding.

* Minimum wage above $2.00 ($11.73 in 2013 dollars).

* Enforce the Fourteenth Amendment (equal protection of the law)

* Full and fair employment.

Community Village‘s insight:

This is a great post from Abagond – click through to read the whole post.

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The Third Enlargement of American Whiteness

See on Scoop.itMixed American Life

The Third Enlargement of American Whiteness (1930-1980) was when the Jews, Italians and others from southern and eastern Europe became White Americans, when they melted into the melting pot. Nell I…

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The diseased host model of American society

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The diseased host or pathogenic model of American society is my name for that thing where America is seen as a white country but suffers from the presence of people of colour. Blacks are blamed for…

Community Village‘s insight:

Abagond describes the psychosis of the oppressors

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What I was not taught about American history | Abagond

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Here are some of the things in American history I was taught little to nothing about at American high school. I post this as a way to compare notes and get ideas for future posts. It is hard to kno…

Community Village‘s insight:

Much of Mixed American Life is about pluralism – or the lack of it :( #smh

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