July 15, 2020

Race & Biology

By admin

No single characteristic, trait or gene distinguishes all the members of one so-called “race” from all the other members of another so-called “race.” Only 1 of every 1,000 of the nucleotides that make up our DNA differ one human from another. As a species, human beings are more genetically similar than any other species. Race isn’t biological.

The genes of skin color have nothing to do with genes for other human qualities: hair, eye shape, blood types, musical talent, athletic ability, or intelligence. Knowing someone’s skin color doesn’t tell you anything else about them but the color of their skin.

The English word “race” turns up for the first time in a 1508 poem by William Dunbar, referring to a line of kings.

These details are from 2 articles I read, one in NYT and another online source. I need to keep these details for future reference.