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Running head: DEFINING RACE AND ETHNICITY 1 Defining Race and Ethnicity Leisha Diaz ETH/125 August 31, 2010 University of Phoenix
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DEFINING RACE AND ETHNICITY 2 Defining Race and Ethnicity What do the terms race and ethnicity mean to you? Why are these concepts important to United States society? The way the term race  has been used by some people to apply to human beings lacks any scientific meaning (Schaefer, 2006). The Wikipedia online describes the term race as a classification of humans in to groups based on cultural, social and language practices. There is a biological term for race that is as followed “ As a biological term , race describes genetically divergent populations of humans that can be marked by common phenotypic and genotypic traits. This sense of race is often used in forensic anthropology analyzing skeletal remains, biomedical research , and race-based medicine . Race, however, has no official biological taxonomic significance — all humans belong to the same hominid subspecies. Nor is there scientific basis for any racial or ethnic hierarchy (Wikipedia 2010). The definition of ethnicity is An ethnic group (or ethnicity ) is a group of people whose members identify with each other,
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