Title

Race and Racial Identity Are Social Constructs

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-6-2016

ISSN

0362-4331

Publisher

New York Times

Language

en-US

Abstract

Race is not biological. It is a social construct. There is no gene or cluster of genes common to all blacks or all whites. Were race “real” in the genetic sense, racial classifications for individuals would remain constant across boundaries. Yet, a person who could be categorized as black in the United States might be considered white in Brazil or colored in South Africa.

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