Saturday, May 01, 2021

There are different races

Yes, there are different races: the Nascar Race, RuPaul's Dragrace...

Kidding aside: there are different dog races. Perhaps you have a poodle living with you or a German Shephard. That's because people started breeding dogs a couple of hundred years ago for the sole purpose of accomodating themselves. Dogs were bred for hunting, for races (...) for company.

Some claim there are different human races but that's simply not true. There's only one human race. Science teaches us (but who knows what they will discover about our past in the future?) there used to be several different species. Or 'races': The Cro-Magnon, The Neanderthal and a couple of others. But they all went extinct. Or at least, that's what we think now. Not counting the tales of 'little people', Big Foot, Dog Men, et cetera. Who knows a handful of the older species of humans survived to this day and perhaps even evolved?

However, there is consensus that these days there's only one single human race. 'Blacks', 'Whites', 'Reds', 'Yellows' are not races. Just like 'the Irish' were once considered 'a race', until in the seventies of the last century! Calling people from Africa 'a different race' is nonsense. For one: Africa is not a country but a continent were many different people live. As a matter of fact: it's the continent that's the most genetically diverse.

'Yeah, but look at their skincolour, their hair, the shape of their noses and foreheads! Surely they are a different race because they are genetically different?'

You are genetically different from me and your neighbour and the best player of your favourite sports team. Does that mean you are a different race? Of course not. Just genetically different.

If  the definition of 'race' is 'genetically different', there are a couple of billion different races of human on our planet: the ones with freckles, the ones with six toes, the ones with a higher IQ, the ones with sharper shaped noses, the ones with straighter hair...

Do you think there are different human races? And can you explain why you think so without referencing to an article you read via social media or a story told by people in your information bubble? Let me know in the comments.

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