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The differences humans have are an asset to the human race as a species Much of out differences are a result of our well adaptation to the environments we live in However the issue of what race one is has been used to be a categorizing and most of the time a predestining factor in society usually in negative ways Certain human beings have been thought of as inferior than other human beings simply based on the uncontrollable factor of ones skin color The belief of superiorityinferiority based on physical characteristics has been naturalized into our society And most people do not know that the physical characteristics that are visible things like skin color are but 001 of all genetic make up Really when we think of race it has more to do with social race than biological race for humans are not so biologically distinct from other humans Kottak 2000139 The concept of race that most Americans have is a social construct that changes with different cultures Kottak 2000139 One could look at different cultures to see racial definition as a cultural phenomenon in action We learned in class a perfect example of this In the United States when asked to label certain pictures of persons in a race most Americans classified people in but four or five groupings When the people of Brazil were asked to do the same more questions were asked and there were more racial categories Questions about as the economic status of the person in the picture which town they were born in and such was considered important by the Brazilians to label the person in the picture One reason for the economic status questions is that in Brazil the higher the economic status of the person the lighter they are thought to be even though their skin color may be very dark Kottak 2000 147 Now in the United States all the money in the world
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