Week 3 – Population Biology



  • 10-Question MC quiz on D2L (complete by 11:30PM on Friday) – 60 minute time limit once you start the quiz
  • Reflection Blog Post due by 11:30PM on Friday: (500 words)
    • Prompt: The statements on race from the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA) reflect the position of anthropologists on the topic of race and ancestry. Reflect on what you’ve read in these statements for this blog. Is there a particular statement or section that stuck out to you as being surprising or interesting? How so? Based on what you’ve learned in the course so far, how would you explain the non-existence of biological race to a person who was unfamiliar with the topic? Reference particular concepts or ideas from the readings and videos in your response.
  • Reflection Blog Comments due by 11:30PM on Sunday: (125 words each) Read 2 other students’ postings from this week’s reflection posts and leave a comment.

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  1. When watching and reading about the statements on race from the American Anthropological Association and the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. I found that race isn’t truly a thing. Race is a concept that we humans came up with ourselves to try to separate one another by the color of our skin. The articles and lectures clearly state that race isn’t a thing. One article talked about how in the 1960’s some thought that race was actually a thing. This statement has to be thought about deeply because you can compare it to many different things in our history and also something that’s going on today with our different religious beliefs. For example we humans are taught at a young age to worship something and by the time you learn there are different religions you have learned something opposite from the people around you. I have been catholic my whole life and some of my friends are Jewish, even though some of our beliefs are the same there is only some small aspect that are different we found ourselves fighting about it. This is the same thing that happened with race in the world during these early times, because people were being taught to hate certain races and were brought up thinking that race is a real thing and those people fought for their beliefs, it’s in our human nature to do this even if it’s true or not.
    The section that stuck out to me was the section about how physical anthropologist can determine what a body type is by looking at his or her bones. This section stuck out because if race doesn’t exist how can you put a tag on the body saying it’s a certain color? How can you say it’s a black male or white male? Me being an African American would like to hear African instead of black. I say this because if you can see that I come from an African back ground, I would like to hear it. American history has put a tag on people because of the color of their skin and I don’t want to be a part of it.
    From what I learned in the course I would tell a person who wasn’t familiar with race saying that race doesn’t exist and that it is just something that different cultures in history have come up with to try to separate each other because the color of their skin. I would then talk about how some people in our history have been taught different things based on the color of their skin. An example of this is if you were brought up by parents who are European American and or African American you could have been a victim of the whole I hate the opposite race phenomenon. This goes hand and hand with what I talked about in my first paragraph. It is human nature to fight what you believe in and if we as human are taught something for a long period of time and nothing sways us another way, that thing is what we will believe in.

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