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Gahimbare 1 HIST 100: Inventing Race Yves Gahimbare 5/11/09 The debate over race as a social construct and scientific origins was conducted by Dr. Richard Lewontin and Armand Marie Leroi. Their completely opposing opinions about the origins of race and the reasons races exist stimulate a strong, thought-provoking debate. Armand Marie Leroi, who argues that race is not created by society but is supported by genetic information, starts the debate. In his article “A Family Tree in Every Gene,” Leroi starts off by talking about how others believe that race is socially constructed. He immediately disagrees with their ideals, stating that it might be hard to distinguish people of the same color by specific physical characteristics such as the shapes of our noses and skulls, the color of our eyes and hair, etc. However, he argues, when physical features are compared on the whole, it is easier to determine the origins and place of ancestry of that person because certain skin colors are usually accompanied by specific physical features.
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