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Race is one way humans classify one another. Race may be based on ancestry, skin color, hair type, or other physical or non-physical features. Yet, views of how humans are classified can differ person-to-person and even country-to-country. Scientists and modern geneticists have begun to find that humans of different "races" may have more in common with one another than they do with humans within the same "race." At the same time, many people look at the racial disparities in education, wealth, and health in the U.S. and conclude that there must be a biological, natural reason why Black Americans and Latinos are less-educated, poorer, or more affected by COVID-19 than White Americans. The debate of "what race is" has important - and perhaps dangerous - implications across society and between individuals.

Race is a social reality with biological consequences Show more Show less

Social realities can influence one's environment, which in turn has biological effects.
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A person's environment - and therefore, biological makeup - is influenced by social and cultural circumstances

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The Argument

Racial inequality exists in many societies. Though it is true that people of different races outperform one another in the realms of education, athletics, wealth, and health, these differences are due to a person's environment - not their innate genetics or biological makeup. One of the first anthropologists to challenge the idea that race is biological was Franz Boas (1858-1942). Boas showed that cranium size - evidence which evolutionary anthropologists and race scientists used to support their arguments that intelligence differences between races was biologically innate - was more affected by environmental factors such as, for example, differences in nourishment.[1]

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Rejecting the premises



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