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OtherWise by Dick Martin

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7Race Matters

Despite the rainbow of skin colors you see on the commuter train or in the office cafeteria every day, race is not real. It has no meaningful biological or genetic significance.

Genetically, two random Koreans are as different from each other as from any random Italian. There is very little genetic difference between any two human beings, and 85 percent of the variation that does exist occurs within any local population, whether the people live in sub-Saharan Africa or on an isolated island in the Pacific. While race may be a scientific fantasy, it is unfortunately a socially constructed fact. Race matters, if only because so many people think it does—and more significantly, because it plays such an important role in shaping the ...

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