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response paper 8 - assigning races Race is used in myriads...

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Kevin Phipps April 1, 2009 TA: Sara Keene Response Paper #8 “[B]iologists, who define races as subspecies that cannot interbreed, argue that scientifically there can be no human races” (Gans, 262). Interbreeding is clearly a rather common feat in the human race, meaning that technically, there are no races. We as a society have a tendency to attempt to classify everyone to a specific race, while in reality, it may not be so simple. Even if race is seen as more of a concept and not a scientific fact, it is still rather impracticable. As people of different “races” interbreed, it makes it an increasingly difficult task to classify them. How much of one race must a person possess in order to be classified as that race? For example, if a black person has a child with a white person, what race is their baby? Even though the baby is technically half-black and half-white, most people will classify the baby as black, due to the dominant phenotypes. This is simply due to the convenience that comes with
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Unformatted text preview: assigning races. Race is used in myriads of places as a way to categorize people. From tax forms, to school and job applications, to everyday encounters, we use race to separate people into a small number of very specific groups. Even though race is a rather unfeasible classification, it is still used in order to decide “whether strangers are to be treated as superiors, inferiors, or equals” (Gans, 262). We associate certain stereotypes with different races, and thus are able to make assumptions about people upon meeting them (whether the assumptions are true or not). For example, upon seeing a Hispanic or African American, a white person may immediately, and subconsciously, assume that the person comes from a lower social position and may associate them more with crime. While it is possible that some of these stereotypes may have some truth for groups as a whole, they may have little to no bearing for the individual....
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