The Importance Of Biological Race

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Whether or not “biological race” exists has been a topic of controversy over the span of many years. American anthropologist Michael L Blakey (1999), who specializes in the study of African Americans, defines biological race as “a population that differs from others in the frequency of one or more biological traits”. However, while it is wonted to say that biological race is merely a fixation upon cultural connotations (and often the two are confused), anthropologists have questioned the true difference between biological and cultural race. In an essay by Pigliucci and Kaplan (2003), they state that “regional differences[…]are the result of local adaptations to particular cultural pressures” thus defining race as a conception that is produced and casted by cultural factors. While the viewpoint from Pigliucci and Kaplan is antonymous with Blakey’s definition of race, there is however a connection between the two. Race has seemingly become a manifestation of diverse variables of culture, but with that comes biological concomitants, or acts resulted from what we term as racism. …show more content…
In today’s world, race is immediately defined by the color of skin, the structure of bodies, the texture of hair, and other miscellaneous physical features. It only takes a childhood of being raised to discriminate people by these factors and a lifetime of enforcing them to take one glance at a person and see only the surface. Because of these biological traits that “define us as people” and categorize us into “races” such as African American, Asian, European, Native American or just simply American, society has created a welter of racial consequences that work as severe disadvantages to the victims of those being discriminated

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