Ten Things Everyone Should Know about Race

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Ten Things Everyone Should Know about Race 1. Race is a modern idea. Ancient societies, like the Greeks, did not divide people according to physical differences, but according to religion, status, class or even language. The English word "race" turns up for the first time in a 1508 poem by William Dunbar referring to a line of kings. 2. Race has no genetic basis. Not one characteristic, trait or even gene distinguishes all the members of one so-called race from all the members of another so-called race. 3. Human subspecies don’t exist. Unlike many animals, modern humans simply haven’t been around long enough, nor have populations been isolated enough, to evolve into separate subspecies or races. On average, only one of every thousand of the nucleotides that make up our DNA differ one human from another. We are one of the most genetically similar of all species. 4. Skin color really is only skin-deep. The genes for skin color have nothing to do with genes for hair form, eye shape, blood type, musical talent, athletic ability
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This note was uploaded on 01/06/2010 for the course AFRO 335 taught by Professor Radcliffe during the Fall '09 term at CSU Fullerton.

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