Humans racially different?
by Vanessa Ex on September 11, 2015 - 4:09pm
The article entitled ‘The Science of Race, Revisited’ written by David Freeman and published in the 6 July 2015, analyzes the concept of Race analyzed with the scientific approach. In order to do so, he interviewed Dr. Marcus Feldman, who studied biology at Stanford University. Thanks to his answers, people may be informed that the term ‘race’, due to its inconsistency, is now replaced by ‘continental ancestry’ for most biologists. This term exists due to the classification of human that began with Aristotle combined with Blumenbach’s classification of the five human races in 1755. It is possible to determine with technology people’s ancestry according to their genes. This way, it gives information about DNA and ancestry with objectivity. In addition, studies prove that there is not much variation among the human population. Indeed, some populations have specific genes that may be related to a higher tolerance to something or related a disease. However, none of them are related to higher level of intelligence. It also mentions that xenophobia is not genetic. In addition, globalization also increases the fact that most people with time will look a like with the constant migration. The final question was about the term race and racism and if their existence were a necessity. The answer was that the term race should not exist because there are not enough DNA differences among humans to create subspecies category, but that racism is obviously and unfortunately something living and existing today.
This article is very interesting because it analyzes the basic concept of race and its origins. Many people argue that if the term race does not exist, racism does not exist either. Fortunately, the biologist did mention that race is something socially constructed has impacted society and created what we call today racism. Others try to explain the rationality of racism through the fear of the unknown scientifically.Therefore, the idea that humans can be scared of other humans looking differently is not rationally supported by science. Furthermore, in the lecture ‘ Race Without Color’ it is clearly mentioned that racial classification did not come from science.
Freeman, D. (2015, 6 July.) The science of race revisited. Retrieved from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/07/06/human-race-biology-scientific-r...