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John Aliberti 3-27-08 Anthro 106 Homework 5 PBS Website Homework This “sorting” exercise was very interesting to me and kind or blew my mind. I did horribly on this exercise, placing only two people out of the twenty in their correct category. This shows that simply looking at someone to try and classify what their race is obviously is not an adequate way of doing this. What I learned about the five racial categories that are commonly accepted in the United States (White, Black, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, and American India) is that in each category, there is innumerous numbers of skin colors and shades, so much so that it is basically impossible to correctly pick out what ones race is just by looking at them. According to Goodman’s article race is an unreliable way of identifying human remains. According to the article, this method is unreliable because “their conclusions are based on a completely flawed premise. As long as race is used in shorthand to describe human biological variations, variations that
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