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Human Races May Have Biological Meaning, But Races Mean Nothing About Humanity

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Like Charles Darwin, today's scholars have concluded that humans are fundamentally an African species. But unlike Darwin they conclude from this that there is a biological, essential unity of humankind, such that talk of "civilized" and "savage" is->

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michael hall (42)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 2:49 pm
Science disproved the concept of 'races' years ago and yet we still seem to cling to this archaic concept. WE are one species, one humanity, one human race...It's really that simple folks..Now we do have many languages,many ethnic groups,many religions,many cultures but the similarities far outweigh our petty, insignificant difference and the sooner we understand this then the sooner we will be on the path towards unification ...

Kit B (276)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 2:56 pm

and.. Perhaps, or just maybe finally on a real road to that long road to a real peace that we long for all these years. Peace is more than a word, more than a plea, peace of mind can not be without peace of the heart, peace within our world.

Bob hardly here P (394)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 3:19 pm

Fiona O (565)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 3:59 pm
We are a young species. Infinite potential therefore. Reason to smile.

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 5:13 pm
Noted. Thanks for posting Kit.

pam w (139)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 5:27 pm
Race is a construction to make tribalism easy. We're a tribal species...always have been. It's been our best survival tool--and our biggest curse.

Eliminating tribalism is an optimistic dream...I doubt it can be done because it's so deeply embedded in our genes. With the exception of orangutans, all primates are "social" (read TRIBAL.)

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 5:37 pm
only social drivers can cause illusions to live on.. race is an illusion
the universe is our shared country the earth is our shared home under the fact of evolution all beings are family and to do good should be our shared religion
life has value beyond measure
Peace and Love

Carmen S (611)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 6:12 pm
thanks Kit, long past time people just see each other as human beings

Kenneth L (314)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 8:20 pm
It's a matter of order of magnitude of view, either smaller views or larger views. Someone can view themselves as self only. Then belonging to some race or group. Then view things as the entire human species. Then as part of all living things. Etc. Just watch some mind-blowing video of one human being in a house, in a city, on a continent, on the planet, and compare the size of the earth to other planets in our solar system, then our solar system in size to our Milky Way galaxy, and the fact that there are 100-500 billion galaxies with billions of planets in each galaxy....makes race and human being and human problems rather put into perspective. Just depends on magnitude of view.

Quanta Kiran (67)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 10:41 pm
eventually with migration, etc we'll all end up speaking pidgin and be of mixed descent, that is if we don't kill ourselves and the panet first!

Peace Monger (185)
Friday May 4, 2012, 12:40 am
Asian- X
Native American-X


The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us. ~Black Elk, Oglala Sioux

Barbara T (431)
Friday May 4, 2012, 3:01 am
Michael, you have not read the article.
The article states, that race IS a biologically useful concept. That there ARE different races. The article bravely goes against "consensus" in some circles. That is WHY it was written.

"Assertion: Race is a social construction and a biological myth". [The article says, that this "Assertion" is WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!!!]

"Race, the way we have traditionally thought of it, is indeed a social construction.

But whether racial groups are purely a biological myth is debatable.

There are serious biologists who believe that race is a useful framework. Race may be a biological myth, but there is no unanimous consensus on this topic, and those who dissent from the position that it is a myth are not marginal cranks. 100 years ago almost everyone agreed that race was real, and that the consequences of race entailed that populations should be subject to different standards of treatment. Today almost no one agrees with the proposition that populations should be subject to different standards of treatment (besides racism-countering policies like affirmative action), but there is disagreement on whether race is real or not.

The key issue is to move beyond the term race. Rather, the question is this: does evolution apply to humans? If so, then we must remember that variation is the very stuff of evolution. Not only does variation emerge as an outcome of evolution, but it is the raw material of evolution. The creationist Duane Gish is wont to say that if you tell people they are animals, they will behave like animals. The reality is that humans are animals, but we are no less human for it. Similarly, people fear that if you admit that populations may be biologically different it may lead some to conclude that they are morally different. But the fact is that different populations are biologically different, and none are less human for it."
The article implies, that we are adult enough to say, that even if there ARE biological races, that is STILL no reason to treat any people differently!!!
I do love articles that SHAKE UP the "Common Wisdom".
Even tho the writer says "the issue is debatable" and "some say....", etc.
Because we read the article with our "Common Wisdom" glasses on, we might get caught READING THE ARTICLE JUST THE OPPOSITE FROM WHAT ITS INTENT IS.....

It is saying, and *I* say, that it is NOT RACIST OR BAD, TO SAY THAT RACES DO EXIST......

Read the article AGAIN.
It EXPLODES some common "well-meaning liberal' statements [and dogmas] about race, WITHOUT pandering to the KKK and its like.....

Lindsay K (6)
Friday May 4, 2012, 12:06 pm
One race, many ethnicities.

Kit B (276)
Friday May 4, 2012, 2:54 pm

Once again this article hit a nerve. I was recently tossed-out of a doctor's office because when, after filling out a dozen pages of nonsense; I was given another paper. It asked only two questions, both asking about race. I answered that as I have every time I have been asked this question...Human. My own background as with many Americans is a mixed bag, what difference can it possibly make? If the doctor needed to ask that question let him do so, then explain why he asked.

Past Member (0)
Friday May 4, 2012, 8:34 pm
Human race is all. We each are an individual set of genomes, of the same family.

Michael T (82)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 7:32 pm
Heedless of whether race exists or doesn't negative behavior toward other races is the key. The racism we see and observe in society today is counter-productive and based on a tradition formed by whites throughout a century of colonialism. "The fact that you are different in some way than I, and that I am from the race that has conquered everything within reach, gives me an edge." We should be celebrating the differences and the string that runs through the middle. That we are all human. Hopefully, one day those of us who believe we need that edge to maintain the tribal thinking that keeps us on top of the pecking order out of age old needs for survival, will find that thread and remove that discrimination from their mindset.

Shan D (49)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 2:55 am
"Once again this article hit a nerve. I was recently tossed-out of a doctor's office because when, after filling out a dozen pages of nonsense; I was given another paper. It asked only two questions, both asking about race. I answered that as I have every time I have been asked this question...Human. My own background as with many Americans is a mixed bag, what difference can it possibly make? If the doctor needed to ask that question let him do so, then explain why he asked. " - Kit B. -

Unless the doctor thought you might be a chimpanzee or gorilla in disguise, WTF was the purpose of asking such a ridiculous question?

KS Goh (0)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 3:03 am
Thanks for the article.

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 9:11 am
Thanks, we don't even like people from different cities in the same country, why would we like those vastly different in culture?

Lydia Weissmuller Price (181)
Monday May 7, 2012, 6:11 am
It is simply within our nature to destroy ourselves, this much is obvious and it doesn't matter who we are or where we came from.

Thomas H (37)
Friday May 11, 2012, 11:10 am
I, too, have claimed my 'race' to be "human" when asked on a form or in patient interviews, etc. When they have insisted that I be more specific, I have invited them to fill in what 'race' they think I am if they disagree with my answer. At times, I have felt I had to capitulate, so in those instances I have answered "Caucasian". The Native American part of my sum just cannot bring itself to answer "white". Maybe I'll change on that someday. Probably not.

Good article, Kit!

Robert Hardy (68)
Tuesday June 19, 2012, 7:46 pm
Humans need little boxes, don't they.
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