What is Race, and if it’s not real, why do we look so different?

There are many misconceptions about race in our modern day world, and in fact for the last few centuries of scientific work.

The belief that people belong to different races, and that some are better than others has caused some of the worst problems in human history, from hate crimes to genocide, race is a major player in many cultures around the world.

But what does it mean? Science points to the idea that there is little to no differences between the populations of modern day humans on Earth.

Of course there is a range of fair modern variation, but as long as we fit into that, we all belong to the same species, H. sapiens. While we do look different, and we do things differently, these differences are caused by culture, and ecological niches, the needs of the environment, and the ways in which people interact with it.

This is but a brief introduction to race, why it doesn’t exist, and how we can overcome some of the systemic problems of race and racism.

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Published by sethchagi

I am a Paleoanthropology Student, so far with two degrees, in Anthropology and Human Behavioral Science, pursuing my B.A and then my PhD I love to read (like a lot) and write, I love my family, and I adore anthropology! Remember, never stop exploring and never stop learning! There is always more to learn!

2 thoughts on “What is Race, and if it’s not real, why do we look so different?

  1. I do Believe that race is real. There is one human species on earth today and it is made up of many different races based on geographic isolation. We are all connected now and people are interbreeding with each other so at this point we will not turn into different species. But, if the different races were isolated long enough from each other they would evolve eventually into different hominid species. this doesn’t mean that any one race is better than the other. It’s science!


    1. This is incorrect thinking and does. Kw have the science to back it. Regional differences to not make races. It would take millennia to form different species, and even then they wouldn’t be races, species.


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