Running head: RACE: A SOCIAL CONSTRUCT1Race: A Social ConstructStudents NameInstitutional AffiliationDate
RACE: A SOCIAL CONSTRUCT2Race: A Social ConstructRace is a social construct that is perceived as a norm in human society. Humansintrinsically classify things and also think racially and, however, the idea of race never existed. Incontemporary human societies, the idea of race controls how we view ourselves as well asothers; however, this classification is entirely based on human interactions. Although manypeople believe that race is largely rooted in science and the history of mankind, race does notexist in its objective reality; but is socially constructed.Comprehending race as a social constructcan be illustrated by how race becomes a meaningful category in human cultures, especially in theUnited States. Race does not exist biologically, but socially and in human populations. Race science,where scientists endeavored to discover a scientific base for race, ultimately failed to identifytraits that distinguished one group of people from the rest (Omi & Winant, 1994) . For instance,“blacks” do not possess any unique trait that would entirely identify them as “blacks” andultimately distinguish them from another group of people lacking the same trait. It is howeverthe existence of various populations that brings about varying traits among individuals to helpthem live in specific environments.