It was interesting for me to put into perspective the concept that races don’t actually exist. I’ve previously learned from other anthropology courses that race was practically just a way to categorize the population, but after reading the statements on race from the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA) it really hit me. The lectures on human variability and population biology put everything into perspective for me as well. It was surprising for me to read from the statements on race from the American Anthropological Association that evidence from DNA indicates that most physical variation, about 94%, lies within so-called racial groups and that conventional geographic “racial” groupings differ from one another only in about 6% of their genes. As I thought about this statement it brought me to my previous thoughts about how racial groups are too broad and can’t accurately indicate a person’s ancestry. For example, Black/African American is practically the proclaimed race for anyone of color. This means that those individual’s ancestry comes from Africa, but what if it doesn’t. How will you know? Is it not possible for those who aren’t of color to have to an origin of ancestry from Africa? And those who are of color to not have an origin of ancestry from Africa. Also, scientific evidence suggests that Africa was the continent in which human life began. So, this would suggest that all individuals are African American, right? If I were to have this conversation with someone outside of this course and needed to explain the non-existence of biological I would do so by first explaining that the continued sharing of genetic materials has maintained all of humankind as a single species. I would also explain that physical variations in any given trait tend to occur gradually rather than abruptly over geographic areas. And because physical traits are inherited independently of one another, knowing the range of one trait does not predict the presence of others (as mentioned by the AAA). Unfortunately, along with the belief in the reality of biologically based human races, racism still abounds in the United States and Western Europe. It seems that the belief in human races, carrying along with it the prejudice and hatred of “racism,” is so embedded in our culture and has been an integral part of our worldview for so long that many of us assume that it just must be true. I am guilty of this myself before taking anthropology courses. For the past 500 years, people have been taught how to interpret and understand racism. We have been told that there are very specific things that relate to race, such as intelligence, sexual behavior, birth rates, infant care, work ethics and abilities, personal restraint, lifespan, law-abidingness, aggression, altruism, economic and business practices, family cohesion, and even brain size. I think that it is very important that anthropologists educate people about race. Race does not matter, although it is a real cultural, political and economic concept in society.