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Blane Smith Sociology 101 November 14, 2007 Sociology - Take Home Test 2 1. In Newsweek’s article “What Color is Black,” America seems to be changing its two-way definition of race. It’s been nearly 400 years since the first African arrived in the United States and for some reason Americans are still preoccupied with race. In this article, there are many polls that show that the issue regarding race is improving. The acceptance of interracial marriage and mixed-race neighborhoods is on the rise as well. According to the article, this could be due to the sudden popularity of diversity. So what exactly is “race?” Race refers mostly to the observable differences in skin color, hair texture, and the shape of one’s eyes or nose. However, in recent years it has been proven that there are no significant genetic differences between the races. In the United States, skin color is the dividing line between races and this is rooted to the “one drop rule.” This is a remnant of slavery and segregation.
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