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Unformatted text preview: Many other aspects of race, however, are socially constructed, and may be viewed as myths. Our way of interpreting the physical differences and defining them as race is a large part of this myth. Americans ignore their greater physical variability, while assigning racial significance to lesser differences between them. There is such a range of physical traits that it makes it impractical to classify people by such strict racial classifications. We assume many physical traits belong to people of certain races while it varies much more then we believe. Other factors are assigned to the different races that may have little to no support in reality. These unfounded stereotypes, as well as race itself, are used to explain the myriads of physical differences that exist between people. While the differences are real, the explanations are in many cases, merely myths....
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- Spring '07