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From: "Doug Turner" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] OT How many races are there?
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2010 22:09:26 -0500
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That is a good question.

There is actually only one race, the human race. "Races" that are often
defined as red, yellow, white or black, are based on individual differences
in the amount of skin pigmentation which all human beings have, but in
different gradations. Other physical differences appear in infinite variety
and combination.

I believe the US census form is a combination of US racial
self-consciousness, political correctness, and a desire to please everyone
in the allocation of tax money to self-perceived racial groups.

Doug Turner

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Subject: [DNA] OT How many races are there?

>I wonder if anyone here can answer my question: how many races are there?
> Those who are living in the USA probably have received the US census
> form.
> On it are listed races such as Japanese, Asian Indian, Chinese, Filipino,
> Korean, Vietnamese, Native Hawaiian, Guamanian, Chamorro, Samoan, other
> Asian and other Pacific Islander. There is also White, Black, African Am
> or
> Negro, American Indian or Alaskan Native.
> I must have slept through some class (either sociology or anthropology) or
> missed reading articles on this because I didn't know there so many races.
> Thanks.
> Nora
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