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Neptin

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Is Race Really a Social Construct?
« on: August 28, 2019, 11:05:26 PM »
I just found out that for a while now, race as a social construct have taken root in mainstream conversation on race. On Google, all of my searches led to articles after article supporting the theory that race is a social construct.

Is Race really a social construct?

Lets see what even the Qur'an states;

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"O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female, and have made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one  another. Indeed the most honored of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted" [Quran 49:13]

Nation and tribes bear more than cultural differences between them. You can tell from observing the Himba tribe of Namibia and Amazon tribe of Brazil. Let aside their cultural difference, these tribes have unique features that identify them; skin color, hair texture, body hair - the collection of these unique features are what we term as race.

Hence, the Qur'an itself confirms race as something God Himself created, not a man-made social construct.

Let's look at science;

People who deem race as a social construct assume that race merely separate people based on superficial features but this is not true.

I took pharmacology classes in my college years. In few drugs, it is highly important that race of a patient be known in order to determine the suitable dosing regimen.

East Asians tend to be shorter & less athletic than Europeans or Africans. Africans tend to be stronger and faster than other races. African women tend to weigh more than European or Asian women. There is clear correlation between race and IQ, with some races consistently out-perfoming others on average in IQ tests.

As you see, race is not learned. It is reality. Sure, there is no such thing as 'race gene', but a sum total of all the genes defines race.

So why do people push race as a social construct?

To me, there are 4 reasons for this:

A. To justify mass immigration and ethnic replacement.
B. To promote interracial marriages.
C. To curb racism.
D. To curb race based privileges, affirmative action, racial guilt, racial stereotypes.

 
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Re: Is Race Really a Social Construct?
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2019, 04:23:01 AM »
Race is not a social construct - racism is. Neo-liberals have no problem to call someone white but its a problem to call someone black. Racism is when you look down on another race or find your race supreme then the other. Socialism was established because there were always races who were arrogant enough to find themselves as superioir only because they happened to have more IQ then usual. But they fail on every other aspect to be a decent human being like empathy or emotional intelligence - and yes im talking about the caucasian race. Same goes for species-ism or sexism - all social constructs which need to be eradicated.

There is no race that is better then the other including in the animal kingdom - every race has its own strengths and weaknesses like everything else in nature.

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Re: Is Race Really a Social Construct?
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2019, 08:09:00 AM »
Peace,

The term ”race” is not applicable to humans. Its use for classification of genetic and cultural differences is limited, since the concept is not rooted in evidence. In fact, you might find that in many parts of the world (Europe for example), people do not generally use the term as a descriptor, as it is seen as very antiquated. The word ”ethnicity” has mostly replaced it in the developed world, with exceptions like the United States.

It might seem like nitpicking but the terms are different. Ethnicity is a classification built upon genetic similarity (common ancestry), shared culture, language and sometimes nationality. Race has no consistent definition, which is why it is called a social construct. It’s not that there are not differences between people from different parts of the world, it’s just that race isn’t a useful model, because it has a shaky ground. For example, can you tell me who is white?

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Re: Is Race Really a Social Construct?
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2019, 12:13:36 PM »
Peace,

The term ”race” is not applicable to humans. Its use for classification of genetic and cultural differences is limited, since the concept is not rooted in evidence. In fact, you might find that in many parts of the world (Europe for example), people do not generally use the term as a descriptor, as it is seen as very antiquated. The word ”ethnicity” has mostly replaced it in the developed world, with exceptions like the United States.

It might seem like nitpicking but the terms are different. Ethnicity is a classification built upon genetic similarity (common ancestry), shared culture, language and sometimes nationality. Race has no consistent definition, which is why it is called a social construct. It’s not that there are not differences between people from different parts of the world, it’s just that race isn’t a useful model, because it has a shaky ground. For example, can you tell me who is white?

100% agree.

We have better definition now other than vague and often social political definition of "race".
It's called Haplogroup.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haplogroup

Using haplogroup we can group similarities between group of human even when they're living geographically apart and/or doesn't seem to share a common looks at all, for example haplogroup M, spread from Ethiopia up to Taiwan and New Guinea.

We can even categorize extinct humanoid type such as Neanderthal using Haplogroup.
Thus deduce a conclusion that the majority of human living today has Neanderthal as among their ancestors.