Week 1 Reflection

In our lectures this week, there is substantial evidence that there is one single human race. First, we look at the overall definition of race. Within the definition of race, it is explained that this is the process of assigning individuals to groups, associating those groups to bodies, biology, or nature.

Within our definition of race there is one very prominent argument as to why there is one single human race. We look at race through a biological standpoint. When you look at it through this point of view, as was mentioned in the lecture, we analyze groups by “most human, less human, and not human”. No human being would be classified in the same group as an animal. When we look at every human being in this category, color of skin, ethnicity, race, and background doesn’t matter. We also talked about comparing humans to apes. When we see a statue of a human being, it looks like any human being. We could also look into the biological components of every individual. Human beings are all made the same. When you look into things like skulls and bones, we are all “one race”.

There is a similar argument to looking at humans within nature. We can make classifications based on human being, animal, insect, and even natural things in the environment around us. In this case, we would also be classified as one whole human race.

In our lecture, we looked into classifying individuals by race based on religion or cultural background. With both of these topics, we can find another underlying race. We can classify all human beings separately with their individual religions, or we can classify them as all human beings have some opinion on religion. Also, all human beings can be linked to a cultural or ethnic background.

Whenever you look into race, there is always a way to revert it back to all humans being a single “human race”.

2 thoughts on “Week 1 Reflection

  1. I think we should look at race as just being one human race and i agree when you when you look into things like skulls and bones, we are all “one race”. Unfortunately in today’s society thats isn’t the case. Race has to do with the human physical attributes, cultural, the origins of where your ancestors are from and it sometimes divide us humans. I loved your statement of “Whenever you look into race, there is always a way to revert it back to all humans being a single “human race””, because it’s the truth. When it comes down to it, we are all one race. I think if we all thought of human race just being one race that our world would be a much greater place.

  2. It sounds like you agree more with the clinal model. All humans fall on a spectrum with respect to a given characteristic. Every human has aspect that make them similar or different from another, but there isn’t a single set that would encompass a whole “race” of people. Humanity is so varied visually but so similar genetically. The fact that our species is relatively new compared to other primates means that we haven’t had time for much genetic drift to diversify or specialize our bodies very much. We do have some specialization, but the visible traits are what we focus on and blow out of proportion. Adaption to climates with more sun or less determine our skin color and eye colors are more prevalent in some areas than others but overall we are more similar than we are different. Our penchant for looking after our family or tribal group first makes it easier to define someone else as an outsider and less important than those with whom we share physical features or blood ties.

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