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Running head : RACE: A SOCIAL CONSTRUCT 1 Race: A Social Construct Students Name Institutional Affiliation Date
RACE: A SOCIAL CONSTRUCT 2 Race: A Social Construct Race is a social construct that is perceived as a norm in human society. Humans intrinsically classify things and also think racially and, however, the idea of race never existed. In contemporary human societies, the idea of race controls how we view ourselves as well as others; however, this classification is entirely based on human interactions. Although many people believe that race is largely rooted in science and the history of mankind, race does not exist in its objective reality; but is socially constructed. Comprehending race as a social construct can be illustrated by how race becomes a meaningful category in human cultures, especially in the United 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 identify traits 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” and ultimately distinguish them from another group of people lacking the same trait. It is however the existence of various populations that brings about varying traits among individuals to help them live in specific environments.

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